How cyber resilient really are businesses?

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by Aneesha Doal, Apr 17, 2019 at 3:09 PM.

  1. Aneesha Doal

    Aneesha Doal UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Would anyone know of the barriers preventing businesses to be 'cyber ready'

    Are businesses actually prepared for attacks?
     
    Posted: Apr 17, 2019 at 3:09 PM By: Aneesha Doal Member since: Jan 26, 2019
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  2. Davidmott

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    Entirely depends on the nature of the business. But, typically, most normal small to medium businesses use third party software which have the resources to maintain those problems (as a hypothetical example, using Stripe as your payment processor). Bigger companies or platforms which are more inclined to risk (fin-tech, data companies, gambling platforms) will normally have a team/freelancer ready in the event of an attack and will continuously update its platform to prevent such an event.
     
    Posted: Apr 20, 2019 at 7:01 PM By: Davidmott Member since: Apr 19, 2019
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  3. Mr D

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    Barriers?
    Wasn't aware there were barriers preventing businesses buying in software and hardware to deal with what they perceive as the risks their business is likely to need protection from.


    Except government limits on who can have automated lethal weaponry fitted inside their buildings.
     
    Posted: Apr 20, 2019 at 7:22 PM By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  4. Aneesha Doal

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    In relation to your response, would you agree that SMEs associate cyber security to be solely an IT/technical issue rather than everyone's responsibility in the organisation?
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 3:38 PM By: Aneesha Doal Member since: Jan 26, 2019
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  5. Aneesha Doal

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    When I say barriers, I am referring to the obstacles preventing organisations from undertaking cybersecurity strategies. For example, would you agree that the cost of investing in cybersecurity is a major barrier?
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 3:40 PM By: Aneesha Doal Member since: Jan 26, 2019
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  6. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Mine gets attached everyday. Was pretty simple to protect myself.

    The bloke who cleans our windows has a password on his phone so he’s well protected.
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 3:49 PM By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  7. Aneesha Doal

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    Do insider threats pose a bigger issue than external threats?
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 3:58 PM By: Aneesha Doal Member since: Jan 26, 2019
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  8. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    My wife knows how to log in to the PC but she isn’t really a threat. It’s hackers from Russia who seem more determined.

    The window cleaner said he dropped his phone last week but he has a decent case so he was protected from internal threats.
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 4:46 PM By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  9. Aneesha Doal

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    do you work for or ever worked for a small or medium-sized business?
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 4:59 PM By: Aneesha Doal Member since: Jan 26, 2019
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  10. ffox

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    To get any sort of sensible response you will have to ask more specific questions.

    Of 5.6 million business in the UK (2018) 77% were non employing. So, it doesn't matter if cyber security is considered IT/Technical or not, the risk assessment and the solutions are all at the door of the business owner.

    If a business uses Office 365 or G-Suite the cyber security risk can be minimised just by using the tools available in the platform.

    Why do you ask?
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 5:14 PM By: ffox Member since: Mar 11, 2004
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  11. Aneesha Doal

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    I am a PhD researcher focusing on evaluating the cybersecurity readiness of UK SMEs. In order to achieve this, I am trying to build a general consensus of the current levels of preparedness so I can be in a position to offer solutions to improve the levels of cyber readiness. I am in my 2nd year so I am aiming to generate leads for potential interviewees to assist in my research.
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 5:29 PM By: Aneesha Doal Member since: Jan 26, 2019
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  12. Mr D

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    Compared to not investing in cybersecurity?

    No.

    What they end up investing in may well be determined by risk assessment or some very persuasive salesman - but realistically is there any but the smallest businesses who cannot afford any protection?
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 5:36 PM By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  13. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    So you plan to pitch some sort of service if people tell your they are unprepared.

    But as Chris suggested, most businesses don’t need cyber security. Many use a range of online tools or a password protected computer. They won’t need what you are offering.
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 5:37 PM By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  14. Mr D

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    Perhaps helps if you provide all this info to start with. Some may be unwilling to engage with interviewers.
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 5:37 PM By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  15. Mr D

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    My father knows how to log into a PC. He's had multiple viruses, keyloggers and a couple of times had ransomware.
    Knows enough to use, not enough to protect himself.

    He's a lovely guy but not one I allow on my computers or my network at all.
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 5:39 PM By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  16. Aneesha Doal

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    Even sole traders can have an online presence. Anyone who is connected to the internet is at risk.
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 5:45 PM By: Aneesha Doal Member since: Jan 26, 2019
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  17. Aneesha Doal

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    No not a service. As a PhD is an academic work, I would be proposing a theory or a holistic framework for businesses on how they can enhance their cyber readiness.
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 5:48 PM By: Aneesha Doal Member since: Jan 26, 2019
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  18. Mr D

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    And many people do know they are at risk and at least use software to reduce the risk.

    Your local shop owner has far more problems to worry about than just the one your research focuses on.
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 5:49 PM By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  19. Aneesha Doal

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    I tried that. But like you said, it is difficult to generate participants to discuss a sensitive topic
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 5:49 PM By: Aneesha Doal Member since: Jan 26, 2019
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  20. Mr D

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    And telling it partway through doesn't do the trust element you need much good either.
     
    Posted: Apr 21, 2019 at 5:50 PM By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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