Cybercrime: How organizations can protect themselves
August 17, 2012 —
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How can organizations protect BYOD devices?
I think organizations are rightly concerned about BYOD. But I think there are ways to secure that, but you have to move away from the device. I think this obsession with the device is actually the wrong place to be starting. You have to go back to the data. So you have to categorize the data, determine what is highly secure and what is not so secure. And then you put in place your security processes based around the data, rather than around the devices. And that may well mean that, irrespective of whether you’re using a tablet or a laptop, unless you’re actually in a secure location, you can’t access certain types of data. So it’s a different way of looking at it. And that’s the way that we have to start looking at things, from the data standpoint rather than anything else.
How important is it for organizations to collaborate with others regarding security?
The size of the problem has now gotten so large that no one organization is able to deal with this in isolation. So there is an ongoing need for collaboration, not just across organizations, but also across jurisdictions. So, law enforcement working collaboratively with private enterprise, for instance, to resolve some of these issues, or to catch some of the people that are up to these sorts of things. I think the point that we would make is that international standards, as in traditional standards, the ISOs and so on, really were never designed with this kind of thing in mind. And so there is a need for a much more collaborative approach, particularly when we get into the interconnectivity that goes on because, as an organization or enterprise, you’re only ever going to be as strong as the weakest link, and that could be in a third-party organization that is providing you with services or indeed with materials. So you do have to view this from a much more holistic standpoint than we’ve been able to look at things in the past. And that’s why collaboration, whether it be across, say, the supply chain or with law enforcement agencies or state agencies, is becoming so important.