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Why companies must tackle the threat of cyber-attacks head-on

Mats Alerius

Ny Teknik

26 June 2013


To read the full article in Swedish, click here


Mats Alerius, PA cyber security expert, has had a byline article published on the importance of training staff across the business to respond effectively to cyber attacks.

Mats explains that reports of cyber espionage against Swedish companies are becoming increasingly common. Criminals are becoming more capable and more organised, which means the threat is more significant.

Mats says: “Swedish companies may find the need to protect themselves against organised cyber attacks overwhelming, but they can take simple steps that are very effective. Firstly, businesses need to analyse their own assets. Major efforts should be focused on those assets that need protection, and that are crucial for the organisation.”

He goes on to explain that companies shouldn’t just rely on technology to protect them against cyber attacks:"Employees are equally important and need to be educated and alert. Employees who notice and can recognise signs that the company is exposed to cyber attacks offer excellent protection. All employees should also be trained in how to respond to attacks. But at the same time, the company must also have control over permissions and who can access what information sources. There are too many examples of hacking that comes from within".

Continuing, Mats emphasises that managers and leaders  need to overcome their reluctance to talk about cyber security, because they are afraid of revealing weaknesses in their systems.

He concludes: “The key is to recognise that cyber threats are far greater than a virus spread by malicious hackers. Now it's about advanced groups trying to steal important information. IT security must therefore be addressed in the company boardroom – and in order to successfully combat intrusions it is crucial to structure and implement a methodical plan of action.


Mats Alerius, is a cyber security expert at PA Consulting Group 

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