Those of you who have managed to plough your way through some of my earlier stuff, will know that I am very big on user awareness training for staff at all levels, believing as I do, that it is arguably one of the biggest wins that an SME can gain, to protect themselves against cybercrime. There is however a very close second, and that is identity and access management.
There’s a lot being said in various quarters about the Internet of Things (IOT) but whenever it comes up in conversation with senior people in the SME world, even those businesses that are definitely in the Medium bracket, with significant numbers of employees, it raises a titter or two.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a handle on cyber security trends in order to target any spend you might deem necessary to protect yourself and your company against coming threats. This would be particularly useful when trying to head off data breaches, as defined in the Data Protection Act 2018, in order to avoid any nasty fines that might come your way should the ICO deem that necessary.
This is a subject that, at one time, was pretty much confined to the larger enterprise organisations but, largely because of the pandemic, it is gaining popularity within SMEs and is now getting a lot of attention from the National Cyber Security Centre at GCHQ.
I recently read an article on cyber security predictions for 2022 (with acknowledgement to Chris Hughes). It was aimed at Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) of the larger companies and corporations, but some of this might well be just as applicable to SMEs. So I thought I’d have a go at interpreting some of it in an attempt to mimic Nostradamus. So here goes.