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Five business time bombs not in the papers yet


Jeremy Hazlehurst

People Management

2 May 2013


PA’s Mark Stollery, cyber security expert, is quoted in an article that asks experts for their advance warning of five different scandals that could soon be heading in the direction of businesses, similar to that of the phone hacking and horse meat scandals. Mark shares his insight on cyber attacks.

The article explains that the Information Commissioner found 821 cyber breaches across UK organisations in 2011-2012.  Personal details of employees are most often leaked by disgruntled staff or hackers and Mark explains that stopping this happening is not just the IT department’s job: “Cyber security is never about the kit,” says Mark.

Mark goes on to say: “It’s always about the people. Computers don’t do silly things on their own.”

Mark explains that the easiest way to get a worm into the system is through an employee. He says that cyber criminals know that by persuading, tricking or bribing someone, also known as ‘social engineering’, is the best way into a system.

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