We’ve had a magnificent year at 848. We’ve welcomed new people to our talented team, new accreditations to our trophy cabinet and of course, plenty of new products and software to meet the needs of our growing client basis.
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas, and while you are enjoying the Christmas break, Tim Hayward has a little food for thought to bring you into 2019.
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and a few minutes of a cyber-incident to ruin it.” – Stéphane Nappo, Global Chief Information Security Officer at Société Générale International Banking.
2018 has seen its fair share of cyber-attacks, with data breaches happening at Quora, Marriott International, FIFA, Uber, Facebook and British Airways (to name just a few). It is becoming increasingly clear that every business is vulnerable to a cyber-attack. The 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report states that ‘more than 90% of cyber-attacks were traced back to human error. Indicating that people both intensify and initiate the risk of cyber-crime and the harm it presents to companies.
Outdated software also increases risk of attack as well as potential non-compliance in external and internal requirements and policies. With Windows 7 reaching end-of-life on January 14th, 2020, those still on the operating system face exceptional vulnerability due to the finalising of security and feature updates, as well as exposure to government fines due to not being GDPR compliant.
Microsoft will not take responsibility for breaches after end-of-life date. And with a reported 41% of the Desktop OS market share belonging to Windows 7 [November 2018:netmarketshare], the move to the Modern Workplace, is only just beginning.
Emphasis now falls to industry leaders to nurture a company culture where acknowledgement, prevention, innovation and safe working practices are at the heart of security efforts.