2016 has been an unprecedented year that has resulted in many surprising and unexpected outcomes;
- Cyber criminality and hacking has been at an all new record high.
- Leicester City won the Premier League 2015/16 season.
- Brexit Means Brexit.
- President Elect Donald Trump.
- Sir Terry Wogan passing away.
There’s no link between them in simple terms, however, the amount of online activity to discover and watch these events unfold, has meant that each service provider has needed to be preventative and proactive whilst safeguarding their communities (internally and externally) from cyber hacks and the theft of personal and business sensitive data.
Examples of hacks in 2016
- National Lottery
- Three Mobile
- Tesco Bank
- Hospitals in Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole
- Ashley Madison
- And On And On And On And On And On…
The common denominator is ‘People’ and their albeit extensive attempts to destroy these organisations by hook or by crook (pun intended), has led first and foremost to arrests and significant financial penalty fines followed by CEO’s and their senior management openly communicating responsibility that they royally screwed up and working to mitigate how to recover and plan for future breaches.
The future of Cyber Security and Technology, if you’ve been keeping abreast, has been the innovation and investment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning based technologies. Talented people have built them using sophisticated algorhythms and people will continually manage them whether or not you think differently.
Companies in the UK that i’ve personally engaged with throughout 2016 have a wish list of projects for 2017 and these are their priority order;
- Security Operation Centre (SOC).
- ISO27001 certification
- Cyber Essentials
- Cloud based security services
If the priority is a SOC, then where will they be built? In-house OR collaboration with a Cyber Security Partner?
Happy Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Holidays and a Healthy, Successful and Prosperous New Year.
Cyber Security Advisor