Serena Gonsalves-Fersch, KPMG’s UK Cyber Academy Lead, comments on the need for businesses to stop getting worked up about cyber security fears and start working towards getting the basics right. She said:
“Training and awareness is one of the most overlooked areas of Information Security. Businesses often find that security incidents aren’t caused by a failure in technology, but because employees do not fully understand the role that they must play in protecting their company’s assets.
“We see all too often that leadership race to implement new technologies to ring-fence a particular area. Effective cyber risk management is based on an enterprise-wide approach that includes people, process and technology. To create a strong competitive advantage, this culture needs to start at the boardroom. When employees are armed with the right guidance and empowered to act, they transform from being a risk to becoming the first line of defence.”
Nahidur Rahman, KPMG Press Office
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