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BLOG – Cyber Security Buzzword Bingo… Have I bored you already?

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016 Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016 Time: 07:45 - 09:15 Location: The Corinthian Club, Glasgow

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Our May speaker Stuart Macdonald, founder and managing director of Seric Systems took to the Breakfast stage for another enthralling insight into technology. Last time he presented (2013) we heard about Predictive Analytics – this month it was all about the mystery (or not) surrounding ‘Cyber Security’. What Stuart doesn’t know about IT is not worth knowing!!

Stuart in his lively and informative fashion dived into his thoughts and insight into cyber security and how best to protect you and your business against it.

Firstly he told the ‘gripped’ audience about the attacks and threats we see day-to-day from those including:

  • Ninja
  • Insider
  • Geeks

…“No one is immune to hackers weather they are a global organization or a sole trader” says Stuart – “We are all on-line and we all need protection”

This was not scare mongering on Stuarts part more of a fact / reality check. He explained some of the detail and specifics about the kind of attacks that happen and from whom:

  • All kinds of companies are a target; large, small, retailers, non-retailers, local, global
  • For all sorts or reasons; money, politics, boredom, opportunity
  • From all sorts of people; competitors, kids, organised crime

Next and more importantly, Stuart told us ways in which to combat these hackers, many of which are common sense rather than just technology based:

  • Increase skillset – empower and educate your employees
  • Reduce and remove hyper-dependence
  • Afford oversight – check and double check
  • Instill the right culture – open door / don’t be afraid to ask questions like ‘Why?”

Basically “it’s about people and processes – that’s what we say to customers when we first provide help and advice” explained Stuart.

Even the Government have woken up to cyber security and provide help and financial support in the form of a ‘Cyber Essential Scheme’ which includes 5 basic but critical control groups we can ill afford to ignore:

  • Malware Protection
  • Firewall
  • Patching
  • Secure Configuration
  • Access Control

If you need further assistance and details on access to Cyber Essentials then Stuart can guide you through the process and how best to access up to 100% funding to implement it.

As always Stuart entertained and educated us in the facts and provided us with some easy to implement ideas to help our businesses defend ourselves against cyber crime.

Thanks to Stuart and all those who attended and we look forward to seeing you all again at next months breakfast where Katy Wedderburn of Macroberts LLP will present on “Please, NO more social media blunders!” – How to avoid the pitfalls of social media use by employees…


Photos by Stewart of Great Scot Photography