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The cyber threat landscape is changing. And with it, businesses of all industries and sizes need to be prepared. Angela Huang and Khoong Chan Meng of NUS-ISS highlight significant security trends, and ways you can transform passive defence into intelligent safeguards.
In December 2013, US retailer Target suffered an astonishing data breach. In its busiest holiday season, 40 million credit and debit card details were stolen via malicious software embedded in point-of-sale devices at stores across the nation. As a costly investigation ensues, Target is left with lawsuits, sagging sales and greatly diminished customer confidence.
The experience of Target reflects the evolving threat landscape, and its widening impact on businesses. You don’t have to run a bank – as long as your business is connected and digitally reliant, your organisation can be a target. At the same time, you may find your IT security architecture challenged by a combination of forces: as workforces become increasingly mobile and endpoints proliferate, cyber-threats are growing more sophisticated and capable in swiftly infiltrating defenses.
Some significant security trends that are expected to affect businesses include:
The takeaway from this list is that businesses of all industries and sizes need to invest in IT security. Building defences is no longer a passive exercise in installing traditional cyber security products like firewalls and software; companies will need to actively develop an intelligent action plan, deploy advanced security technologies, and support its execution with a well-trained IT team. The basic framework of a pre-emptive plan of action would include:
Security breaches have the potential to disrupt operations, cause damage to the bottom line, and harm stakeholder confidence. The ability to implement appropriate security controls while aligning them with business objectives is more critical than ever. To this end, NUS-ISS assists businesses with courses that provide Infocomm professionals with a rigorous understanding of security needs, from information security governance, to business continuity management and systems security. Courses are accredited under the National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) – a joint development by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), and industry experts.
To find out more about NUS-ISS and relevant courses on IT security, visit www.iss.nus.edu.sg.
Article by Khoong Chan Meng, Chief, Strategic IT Management and Angela Huang, Teaching Staff, IT Governance and Risk Management Practice, NUS Institute of Systems Science (NUS-ISS)