The recent ‘Combating Cybercrime to Protect UK Organisations’ report by Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC) the management consultants has highlighted that there is great confusion within UK businesses as to what defines cybercrime and who should be responsible for dealing with it. The report states:
“If an organisation doesn’t really know what cybercrime is, how can they expect to know who should be responsible for tackling it? There are several indications in our survey that UK organisations need greater clarity.”
48 percent of respondents felt cyber security should be managed by IT heads or those in It security jobs and 33 percent felt it was the responsibility of senior execs. However PwC highlights that to tackle cybercrime effectively the whole business needs to work together in collaboration.
Cybercrime awareness was cited as central to combating risk and network threat however 45 percent admitted they had experienced no training on IT security. Jobs requiring this form of training benefited most from face-to-face training, which only 24 percent of respondents received. The report commented:
“Given the current economic environment, it’s not really a surprise that organisations went for lower cost methods such as emails, posters, banners and computer-based packages.”
The top sector causing consumers concern is that of the financial sector and the public sector has experienced a total of 1,000 information security breaches to date. PwC claims that businesses can dramatically reduce the chance of a cyber attack by carrying out risk assessments.
“Most organisations are in fire fighting mode when it comes to this issue. They need to have more regular assessments and become more proactive.”
Risk management recruitment needs to be considered to ensure that companies have an effective strategy in place to deal with this form of security breach.