According to a recent National Cyber Security Awareness Report, cyber security incidents are on the rise, having increased nearly 38% since 2014. The report also noted that malicious cyber-attacks cost upwards of US $300 B to US $ 1Trillion a year to fix and manage. Data breaches, such as the infamous Home Depot, Target and even Verizon breaches average $154 per record, while the report noted that the average cost per data breach has now reached $3.79MM. Much of this is because those completing the attacks often have more than 200 days of activity under their belts prior to being discovered.
When It comes to crises management, the first thing a business needs to tackle is an attitude of denial. Denying it can ever happen brings about a level of complacency that leads to an attitude of cultural apathy concerning security, which can bring about inaction. For those companies seeking to take a proactive approach using a cyber security expert with the ability to do both full risk assessments and teach corporate cultures a climate of cyber hygiene, one expert, Kieran Upadrasta (www.kieranupadrasta.com) stands above the rest.
“Attacks done inside are far more difficult to detect and prevent than outside,” states Upadrasta. “Privileged users and contractors who are given network access pose the biggest insider threats. This is one of the main issues confronting business cyber cultures today.”
Upadrasta specializes in cyber security risk assessments. He insists companies and institutions should not be focus just solely on security but concentrate efforts on educating employees to recognize attacks and how to prevent them. “How fast a company detects threats and how quickly they respond to any attacks should play a vital role in any security program,” notes Upadrasta. “What many don't realize is that over 90% of the attacks that occur are preventable.”
Upadrasta, an expert in incident response, crises management, major incident management, stakeholder engagement, and mapping requirements has over eighteen years’ experience of business analysis, consulting, security architecture, assessments, threat analysis and risk management. He brings his management experience to every risk assessment he undertakes. He is also a member of the London chapter of International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium as well as a member of the London chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and the Professional Risk Management International Association.
For more information, visit www.kieranupadrasta.com