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By Tom Fairfax, Managing Director, SRM
Whilst everyone has a responsibility to manage their Cyber Security to the best of their ability, no-one is completely safe and despite their best efforts, we may all be attacked. In practice, there are two sides to this.
It goes without saying that we all have a responsibility to manage our own Cyber Security measures in an appropriate manner. We must remain alert to the fact, however, despite everyone’s best efforts, there may be a successful attack and we all need to take responsibility for our own resilience.
We can blame third parties who are breached as much as we like – in some cases with reason – but that isn’t going to do us any real good in the short term. Whether we are organisations or individual members of the public, we need to ensure that we have taken the simple steps necessary to ensure that we can respond when the inevitable happens.
Regardless of the detailed causes – which may or may not become clear during the analysis – TalkTalk appear, at this stage, to be managing this issue in a clear and decisive way. Let’s be clear, however, they are not the only ones to be attacked. The TalkTalk breach has been identified – there are many which haven’t. We must all assume that somewhere, our data may have been compromised. That is where we come in as individuals. There are some simple steps that we can all take to ensure that we raise the bar to attackers. Some of these are not as complicated as you might imagine:
Hang on, I hear you say – this is old hat! Sadly, this is the world in which we live. We must all assume that, at some stage, our details may be compromised whether directly or via a third party, probably through no fault of our own. We need to able to take responsibility for our own personal resilience.
If we don’t we will be vulnerable. If we haven’t taken the common sense measures to ensure we can respond to a problem, we can blame no-one but ourselves.