As I write the  editorial for   this  second  English language edition of CyberSecurity Trends, in the height of the European summer, it seems after the regular attention that cyber-attacks  were generating during Spring that some calm has been restored. How long that will last none of us know.

The one story that continues to rumble on is to what extent Governments  were and have been involved in cyber-security  breaches  that ultimately lead to more commercial attacks. This edition features a thought provoking opinion piece on cyberpower and where this might all go (page 8). There is also a useful introduction to the role of the World Trade Organisation and where the W TO stands on digitalization,  in a VIP interview (page 18).

Increasingly   we  are  becoming more  connected every day. This edition has a number of articles sourced from across Europe that look at the impacts and risks of connected cars (page 14), connected  cities (page 26), security in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT ) (page 20) and can we really  mitigate  the increasing connectivity   risk by design, or have we already gone too far to truly protect privacy (page 16).

The goal of  this publication  remains  to  open up  knowledge  and information sharing across  research   and  commercial activities,   so providing  a bridge between public and private  dialogues,  in an aim to help our world operate more safely  giving the growing frequency of attacks  that seem to endlessly  get media attention.   I  would highly recommend all readers to look at the Biblio section  (page 44) as there are fantastic summarized  write-ups  on a broad range of international publications in the field of cybersecurity.

Of course, increasing connectivity and the wealth of data that is collected brings other threats that are not just commercial.  Some incredible research into how sexual violence has already crossed the physical world into digital world has been published  using Australia and UK as the case study.   The results are alarming and a wake-up  call.   This very well written summary of the research (page 31) is a must read for anyone in a Human Resource or Executive  capacity.    What controls are we  putting in place in our organizations to stem the rapid rise of digital sexual violence?

In terms of corporate culture and the changes needed, this is another area that Executives and Human Resource  teams will need to lead on. This is one of the core concerns raised  in the VIP interview  (page 38) regarding  the challenges  and threats  in cybersecurity.   With over one third of all breaches  originating from insider threats (page 34) we have

an article discussing insider threats and mistakes and this applies to large or small businesses.

We continue  to move rapidly  toward the May implementation  date for the GDPR. Whilst large companies  already have teams working away on compliance,  with SME’s  there still seems to be a significant  lack of awareness of the breadth and impact of these changes.

Many of the executives  I meet from smaller mid-size companies in my role as CEO of iCyber-Security Group still have not even heard of the new data protection regulation revisions.

This is concerning  especially given the potential  fines and personal liabilities at stake.

For many of these smaller  sized businesses  they are likely  to leave compliance either to the last minute or even after the deadline date. With such little  time to make significant changes,  for  many of the directors of these businesses, the question  will arise if self-certification  is possible (page 24) and demand will grow for templates to be made available.

The GDPR changes are as much about organizational improvements in process and the training made available for staff as it is about technological compliance.   Whilst data privacy and protection  is undoubtedly driven by tools of a technical  nature,  the need for training  at all levels  of the organization becomes paramount to improving basic security.

Our industry does not help itself with the complex acronyms, technical product names and every vendor ’s   solution seemingly covering all

possibilities.  How we  move toward something that makes it easier to discuss cyber-security  protection and make it less “geeky” and encourage  staff to learn and explore how to improve personal security is a huge challenge both in the work and home environment.

It   is  only by  encouraging teams and families to discuss this more, to talk about concerns and fears and useful  tips that we can start  to make some progress toward a safer society. Possibly one of the first actions we can take is with passwords and our opening article explores why single use passwords (page 6) should be banned.

If   you  would like   to  contribute articles or  have suggestions   for  us to cover in future editions  of the magazine, or even wish to purchase hard copy versions of the magazine to give to your customers, please do contact us via email at info@cybersecuritytrends.uk.

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The next edition to  be  published at  the end of December will have a special focus  on Training  and looking  at the tools needed for  Application  Security which represents  the hottest growth  topic on  the agenda of C TO’s and CISO’s.

Norman Frankel | CEO, iCyber-Security
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