30 Jun Hacking: Systems or People – who opens the door?
The corporations that have suffered recent cyber attacks in Australia are now among an ever-growing list of big business names. The latest victims are Lion, the beverage conglomerate, attacked twice within one month and Fisher & Paykel – both affected by ransomware, Nefilim. Faster Networks wrote about Nefilim ransomware when Toll was hit earlier this year.
These companies have been immobilised and inoperable for days, weeks or months from normal working capacity. Companies that have unknowingly let a robber into the house and given them the spare key for next time. Cyber crime is not new but it is becoming more pervasive, organised and detrimental to the business systems we hold dear.
Society is having to rethink our understanding of cyber crime, not as a ubiquitous side issue that happens to other businesses, countries and individuals. The hacker is a much-needed entity for the IT business world so that data security and privacy is 2 steps ahead ultimately to safeguard company security against inevitable, future attacks. Hackers, after all, in their tech wisdom, dismantle the code and rebuild it, they find the flaws and create new walls and doors.
However, cyber criminals, those hackers that fraudulently disrupt business for financial gain or to hold company data ransom are as dangerous and damaging to IT systems, large and small, as any organised crime syndicate of yesteryear. It’s a world war without the bombs. Organised crime in the IT sphere is mostly anonymous and requires collaborative efforts from multiple nations to monitor and stem. The Conversation wrote about the mask that individual groups wear that not only hides their identities but also their jurisdiction, making cyber crime particularly hard to trace and cyber criminals almost impossible to apprehend.
It takes one person in a company to drop the data ball and let a cyber criminal in, so what are the steps your company is taking, from the top down, to ensure that the locks are routinely changed and there is a 2 step authentication process in place, at least?
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