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Hackers stole data from a London cosmetic surgery clinic popular with celebrity clients - Fujitsu comment

October 2017 by Fujitsu

As you might have seen this morning - police are investigating claims hackers stole data from a London cosmetic surgery clinic popular with celebrity clients including Katie Price. In response to this, Sarah Armstrong-Smith, Head Continuity & Resilience at Fujitsu UK & Ireland commented on the news with:

"With the latest attack on popular cosmetic surgery clinic in London still fresh, we are seeing more and more how cyber-attacks pose a critical threat to businesses in the UK. With this in mind, it was worrying to see our recent digital PACT survey find eight-in-10 businesses point to digital skills as the biggest hindrance to their cyber security function. A reluctance in upskilling staff is often an attitudinal issue, with many organisations not necessarily considering themselves as ’high value targets’ for attackers. What this means is they often have very minimal protection and investment in cyber security defences or staff training and awareness. However, for many malicious actors, finding vulnerabilities is their bread and butter and even their day job. They will look to hold organisations to ransom through a ’soft attack’ that compromises its data.

"It’s time that businesses recognise that cyber security is more than a technology issue - it’s a ’people’ issue. After all, there is a general lack of enforcement relating to IT and security related policies, with an assumption that users are actively following policies or have understood the ramifications for failure to follow the policies as prescribed. Despite the cyber skills shortage, a lot can be done to improve user awareness and training as the first line of defence to protect companies from data leakage and attacks. Whilst companies will, of course, still need to invest in appropriate technical and security controls or work with cyber partners to achieve this, upskilling users and making them more cyber aware is one of the most cost effective ways of reducing the probability and impact of human error.

"With cyber-attacks increasing in severity, and with the GDPR on the horizon, if we are to ensure our industries remain competitive and secure, t’s critical that businesses enhance their first line of defence against cyber-attacks: their workforce."

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