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Opinion 2017- The Year to Take Cyber Security Seriously

  • January 30 2017, 6:30am EST
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In today’s era of technological advancements, the way businesses operate has changed. Enterprises demand more productivity and collaboration from employees and end users need the ability to work from anywhere, while the line between work and personal life becomes blurred.

The surge in BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has seen an increase in employees using more and more personal devices for business use. More than half the workforce today uses three or more devices on an average per work day. These users need access to cloud, collaboration and data services on these devices to get their jobs done, and this creates huge potential for cyber threats including espionage, fraud, terrorism, and financial crimes including ransomware.

Most security experts focus on perimeter security,  but as the world becomes more mobile and cloud-connected, it becomes increasingly more difficult to determine where the perimeter of your systems resides.

The security is not an absolute, and no matter how much an organization has invested in active security measures for securing its systems, it ultimately depends on the end users and employees of the organization, as they are the weakest link where security concerned. Security policies, education, and training can mitigate risks, but this is often not enough.

Most companies use Microsoft Windows to run their businesses. Microsoft’s Windows 10 has many new and updated security featuresto help protect users and devices against modern cyber security threats.  New devices from Intel using their 6th and 7th Generation Core vPro processors also have new security features that make Intel business devices more secure, especially when combined with features from Windows 10.

Of course, all the security features and policies in the world can’t protect your organization if you don’t implement them. Your organization must realize that cyber intruders aren’t just targeting your servers and network firewalls, they are focusing on your end users. Phishing attacks, compromised websites, and emails with Trojans are targeting your users and their old and insecure endpoints. The lack of security features on these endpoint devices connecting to your corporate data and network systems are just as good as a gaping hole in your network firewall.

It isn’t a matter of if your organization will have a security breach, but when.

(About the author: Darren Baker is the business developer manager for Sogeti, focused on Windows based mart desktop solutions. This post originally appeared on his Sogeti Labs blog, which can be viewed here).

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