With new cyber threats constantly emerging, we’re often asked for advice on how to stay one step ahead of the hackers and cyber criminals. A good first step is to review your organisation’s cyber security against five key controls set out in the National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Essentials scheme (see our recent blog), and it’s also vital to ensure that everyone in your organisation is prepared in case the worst happens.
If you were looking for help to improve your business’s cyber security, a good place to start would be the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, whose role is to keep the country secure against cyber attacks. So when they provide free advice, you’d expect most businesses to be rushing to implement it. However, you’d be wrong. The NCSC has developed a security tool to help organisations protect themselves against the most common cyber threats, but although it’s been available for almost five years, less than ten per cent of UK businesses have implemented it.
Azure can bring the benefits of productivity, agility and decreased costs to your organisation, but like many things, realising the dream relies upon the preparation before you take the leap.
If your organisation is using a mix of cloud services from different providers, how are you going to ensure delivery of the agreed service levels? Human nature being what it is, if a problem occurs, each supplier will typically claim that “it’s not my fault”, so you need a quick, effective way of finding out exactly where the problem lies. Ideally this should use information independent of that provided by the cloud supplier.
You want to innovate. To transform your organisation with new services and help achieve the top-line. Security and compliance can seem like endless red tape and bureaucracy that simply get in the way.
This time last year we were all bustling around ensuring that we were following best practice in preparation for GDPR. As with any compliance exercise it is always good to review what exists and test your assumptions. And whilst you may be hoping that Brexit may change everything, the UK 2018 Data Protection Act enshrines the key principles of GDPR and therefore very little has changed for UK Business.
Compliance is often thought of as a burden – little more than a tick-box exercise to ensure your organisation meets regulatory and legislative standards. However, that’s looking at it the wrong way. What it actually provides is a statement of your organisational values and is an investment in future growth. It’s a vital part of ensuring that your organisation moves in the desired direction and can enable you to create added value for your business.
So Shilpa how long have you been at Fordway?
I’ve been at Fordway for over two years now. I’m part of the on-site team that supports the BFK Crossrail project. I do 1st and 2nd line support here on site.
Most organisations spend a lot of money buying the right IT tools and services to support their business but how visible is the investment?