Cyber-security should be taught from an early age

Today, it was revealed that more than two thirds of companies say their directors have no training in responding to cyber-attacks, according to a Government survey. Out Of 105 businesses in the FTSE 350 questioned, one in 10 revealed they have no plan to cope with hacking and Mike Simmonds, Managing Director at Axial Security Systems believes that this is partially due to an element of ignorance among big businesses.

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Aug 21, 2017
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Today, it was revealed that more than two thirds of companies say their directors have no training in responding to cyber-attacks, according to a Government survey. Out Of 105 businesses in the FTSE 350 questioned, one in 10 revealed they have no plan to cope with hacking and Mike Simmonds, Managing Director at Axial Security Systems believes that this is partially due to an element of ignorance among big businesses. 

Mike Simmonds, Managing Director at Axial Security Systems added:

“I am constantly surprised by the lack of preparation we experience in the corporate world when it comes to cyber-security; we see a relaxed attitude to securing hardware, data and communications almost every day in interactions with existing and new customers.  One of the most worrying aspects is the lack of understanding of the serious nature that ignorance brings.

“Ignorance of basic security practices and operations that must be at the top of every companies ‘to do’ list.

“The government has taken the need for education very seriously and have set up accessible bodies to educate at every level of a business, but it is still incumbent on the business leaders to oblige their staff to follow and certify themselves against this training – and re-visit the skills that they have learned on a regular basis – it is vital to stay current.

“Cyber-security is the same as road-safety.  It should be taught from an early age, you never stop learning and practicing what you have learned, and it needs to be taken very seriously. When you think that ‘it will never happen to me’ it probably will, or in the cyber-world, it might already have happened, but you have yet to notice.”

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