Cyber-crime. Cyber-security.


Sponsors: Secure-ISS and Kaspersky Lab

Thank you to Kaspersky and Hurrell Global Risk for an informative evening at Hilton Hotel in Surfers Paradise. IT Forum Gold Coast and guests were provided excellent information about Cyber-crime and current trends. Paul Hurrell – Managing Director of Hurrell Global Risk and Peter Brady – General Manager of Kaspersky Labs were generous with both their time and sponsorship.

The most insidious threat to our companies comes from the cyber-world. Phishing, DOS attacks and ransomware attacks have gone mainstream and we are abrogating our corporate duty if we don’t do something about it. Based on his long experience in the police and as a cybersecurity consultant, Paul Hurrell presented his recommendations for a balanced approach to identifying our vulnerabilities and protecting our assets.

The first step is to understand the environment within which we operate. By identifying the malicious actors we have a better chance to avoid an attack. These could be past employees, activists or even commercially sponsored hacking. We need to assess the capability and proximity of potential hackers.

Next we need to determine the likely point of attack. It could be an individual, a device, a single system or the network.

Then we need to evaluate the potential damage: intellectual property loss, business disruption, reputational damage etc.

Probably the most beneficial initiative a small business can take is to put in place a business continuity plan with a board-endorsed cybersecurity policy. This will include regular backups of computer based data to avoid the potential catastrophe of data loss due to either a system failure or a ransomware attack. This means more than connected storage; we’ve never had so much opportunity to protect ourselves however the majority of small businesses do not.

Paul finished by encouraging us to take advantage of the tools available to us and he offered to make his slides available to those who would like them.

Thanks to Secure-ISS, a long-term IT Forum Gold Coast member, for arranging and sponsoring this event.

Surviving Cyber-crime Presentation Download

Download Presentation here:  Hurrell Global Risk Presentation on Behalf of Secure ISS Mar17





Graham Williamson
Gold Coast IT Forum Committee Member 

Bio: Graham is an experienced IT Analyst and Consultant living on the Gold Coast. He is the author of the new book “Identity Management: A Business Perspective”.

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