In the first of our series of blog posts supporting the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), Gower author Peter Trim discusses the need for cooperation between governments, universities and companies in fighting cyber crime.
There is no doubt that governments around the world need to be more open about the type of cyber attack their country is confronted with and make this information available to trusted friends.
Bearing this in mind, there are an increasing number of initiatives that are aimed at intra-government and inter-government cooperation, and universities and companies in the private sector are being called upon to cooperate to strengthen the security systems that are in place. The escalation in cyber crime activities is forcing nations to invest more in cyber security and also, the various attacks that are being unleashed are opening up markets for more sophisticated cyber security products.
Law enforcement representatives are also being required to work more with various stakeholders and offer more advice on all sorts of security related issues. Bearing these points in mind, it is time for managers in organizations to review their security operations and establish how they can protect company data or if as has happened, a company has been penetrated, the objective is to stop the illegal entity extracting the sensitive data targeted.
By working with managers across organizational functions, it is possible for the IT manager and the risk managers to work with the head of security manager and put in place a security culture that helps to counteract cyber attacks. Such an approach will also raise security awareness more generally, both within the organization and externally, and make security activities more mainstream.
About the Author
Peter Trim is a Senior Lecturer in Management and Director of the Centre for Advanced Management and Interdisciplinary Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. He is co-author of Cyber Security Management: A Governance Risk and Compliance Framework and Cyber Security Culture: Counteracting Cyber Threats through Organizational Learning.
He has been involved in two network security projects funded by the Technology Strategy Board, one of which was also funded by SEEDA.
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