A lack of awareness is fueling the surge in cyber crime but there are pragmatic steps that organizations can take.
Tucked away in an office block in central London is a room dedicated to finding flaws in organizations’ cyber defenses. Many such rooms exist. It’s just that few are operated by the good guys.
On the wall, a large screen illustrates the main computer viruses and where in the world they are currently wreaking havoc. Another offers a glimpse into the dark web – the hidden realm of the internet that most people aren’t aware even exists – and displays messages from a chat-room where anonymous hackers congregate to boast about their attacks.
Facilities like this are increasingly important because the stakes are so high. In the Sony PlayStation hack of 2011, some 77 million user accounts were compromised. Yet even this was eclipsed by an attack on Yahoo, which lost personal data