Cyber security: the crime threat no business can ignore

7 August 2014

2 min read

The Heartbleed bug was the latest in a long line of serious online security breaches that threaten to rock confidence in any business website.

Cyber security: the crime threat no business can ignore (Desktop)

It may only be attacks on large companies that hit the headlines, but no business, large or small, can afford to ignore its vulnerability. According to the Information Security Breaches Survey 2013, carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Department for Business Innovation & Skills, 87 per cent of small businesses surveyed had experienced security breaches.

For SMEs, such breaches can cost tens of thousands of pounds – for large businesses much, much more – and the cost to your reputation could be far less easy to quantify.

In spite of recent reports of a reduction in crime, the world – especially the virtual world – remains a dangerous place. Assistant Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, the national policing spokesman on surveillance, said in April that he believed crime is not actually falling – it is just shifting online.

Cyber security is a constantly evolving issue. As regulations become ever-more complex, IT evolves and attacks themselves become increasingly sophisticated, most enterprises lack both the resources and expertise required to stay abreast of the changing landscape.

What you want is to be able to concentrate on the key issues that impact on your business rather than be distracted by the need constantly to review your security policy, and that’s where HP’s comprehensive portfolio of Enterprise Security Services can help.

“When it comes to information security, there are more threats and more risks in a complex enterprise environment than ever before,” says Art Wong, HP’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Security Services.

“Our approach is really simple. [We] advise you on a security roadmap to understand your risk. Transform your security to address gaps and reduce your risk, and manage your security environment to optimise your ability to detect and react.”

Security needs to be proactive and ready to handle whatever comes your way. Wong explains that, instead of just blocking your adversary through counterintelligence, prevention and detection, HP can actively interfere with the entire cycle of an attack, offering protection from the application layer, through to the perimeter and the cloud, helping you to get ahead of cyber threats before they occur.

HP’s 5,000 security specialists and industry experts worldwide, who are constantly on the lookout for new threats or vulnerabilities, will ensure that you will be in a far better position to manage risk and compliance.

Understanding who is on your network is a key aspect of any effective security strategy. Utilising ArcSight technologies, HP Security Monitoring is designed to help you do just that. It will monitor what information those people are seeing and which actions they are taking with the information.

Even with the best security practices and procedures, breaches can penetrate resources, networks, and data. HP has a complete suite of capabilities to help you detect, respond to and mitigate against those breaches.

Their incident response services help you identify them, uncover those that may be lurking, and devise plans to prevent future attacks. And their forensics and litigation experts can help you get back on track.

As companies invest in new technologies such as mobile, social media and cloud, their vulnerability grows. With cyber attacks being one of the greatest threats to your business, it is critical to understand the value that an evolving and proactive security strategy brings.

How secure is your business?