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Jamie Acutt | 19th February 2019

The EQ Cyber Security Debrief 18.02.19

Each week at EQ Data we will be looking at the breaking news stories from the world of data and cyber security. From the latest cyber technology developments to data breaches and new marketing insights; you can find the debrief here.


Russia’s internet will be going offline as part of cyber defence testing

It is reported that the Russian government will be disconnecting its internet for a period of time to test defences in the event of a foreign cyber-attack. The government is planning to introduce a new law, the ‘Digital Economy National Program’ this year which intends to build a sustainable, robust cyber space utilising its own digital technologies. Part of this proposes that internet traffic be routed internally though Russian telecom firm, Roskomnadzor, in case of an external security threat. The test is in preparation for this and will enable internet service providers to see if their networks are sustainable, although ISPs are concerned over costs and disturbances to the quality of connection. Critics have compared the move to China’s Great Firewall which similarly prohibits access to foreign sites.


Impact of cyber-attacks draining over $20 million from Asia-Pacific healthcare organisations

The challenge of securing major healthcare organisations in the digital age is a familiar problem as highlighted in the recent hack on Singapore’s HIV registry. Ensuring a robust cybersecurity strategy for healthcare is the concern of a new report from Microsoft and Frost & Sullivan, “Understanding the Cybersecurity Threat Landscape in Asia Pacific”. According to the results 45% of healthcare organisations in the Asia-Pacific region have either experienced a cyber incident, or admitted that they are unsure if they have experienced a breach owing to not having performed proper forensics or analysis. It also puts the maximum cost of a breach for a large healthcare body at $23.3 million. Web defacement and data exfiltration are the threats with the greatest repercussions for healthcare in terms of reputation and recovery time.


Preconceptions of cyber hackers is giving the industry a negative press

There has been much focus around the funding needed to boost cyber security training to combat the skills shortage, however less attention has been paid to the stereotypes and misconceptions around the ‘cyber hacker’ identity. This was addressed at the cyber security competition, Cyber 9/12, held this week which brings university students together to test their cyber security abilities. City A.M reported on conversations with experts in the field at the event who all highlighted the importance of a wide skill set for cyber security professionals. The Director for Operations at the NCSC said that, “tapping into a fraction of the graduate community or the school community in the Stem” is actually restrictive in terms of attracting the best talent. Similarly, think tank Atlantic Council said a cyber security professional must have more than the ability to, “build and defend a network” or “analyse code”, other elements are important such as ethical awareness.

Jamie Acutt

Jamie Acutt

Head of Marketing, Equiniti Cyber Security

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