Cyber security, and the need for understanding of the threat at all levels of any organisation, was the focus of two talks by David Ashcroft, senior legal counsel with Harrison Clark Rickerbys, to Barclays customers in Hereford.
Morning and afternoon sessions enabled a wider audience to hear David’s assessment of the main threats faced by ordinary businesses, from gossip in the pub and unfettered access to companies’ social media channels to serious hacking incidents and industrial espionage.
There is much that firms can do to maintain cyber security – this ranges from making passwords tough to crack, by using symbols to replace letters for instance, and changing them every few weeks, right through to setting up the right IT and data protection policies to protect commercially sensitive information.
New data protection regulations are on the way and will be law next year – these impose new duties on data controllers and processors, and need to be tackled long before they come into force. For most businesses, cyber security will also be enhanced by putting in place the right terms of business, the right contracts and robust system audits so that information can be tracked and confidentiality breaches acted upon.
David said: “Putting the right insurance in place now, by getting systems and policies in place, will stand any firm in good stead when a cyber problem arises.”