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CSA 2021 : People as End-Point Security Achieve Cyber Resilience

There is this misconception that cybersecurity is a job or responsibility best left to the experts but in the current climate this is far from true.

by K. Vatsala Devi
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There is this misconception that cybersecurity is a job or responsibility best left to the experts but in the current climate this is far from true. Cyber security and cyber resilience are everyone’s responsibility and people within an organization are seen as the weakest link as they are vulnerable and easily exploited.

This sentiment is agreed by all who participated in a panel discussion during the Cyber Security Asia 2021 conference that was led by Chris Cubbage, Director, Editor, Producer, Security Advisor, MYSECURITY MARKETPLACE and attended by a host of panelists made up of DATO’ Ts Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO, CYBERSECURITY MALAYSIA; Col(R) DATO’ Ts Dr Husin Jazri, SVP Cyber Security, SERBA DINAMIK GROUP BHD; Tanvinder Singh, Cyber Security Director, PWC MALAYSIA, and Dr. Carrine Teoh, Chief Security Officer, BOND HOLDINGS.

During the session, it was agreed that there are three factors that determine the cyber resilience which are the processes factor, technology factor, and people factor and by fashion or design, the people factor are often overlooked and or neglected. This, Dato Husin Jazri said is wrong as the people factor should be prioritized.

“While organisations spend a lot of time, attention, and money building a robust cyber security system for their companies, they often forget that cyber attacks often happen when threat actors prey on the weakest link within the organistion – the people.

Earlier this year Simon Carabetta who is the Project and Engagement Coordinator at the WA AustCyber Innovation Hub also agreed to this statement when he concurred at the Cyber West Summit by saying that cyber security is important for everybody particularly in the current climate with the spate of recent cyber security attacks targeting critical infrastructure, small medium enterprises, large corporations, and individuals.

Carabetta went on to add is absolutely everyone’s responsibility and not just an IT issue, and it should not be left to the IT department to sort out. In the panel discussion earlier, it was heartening to note that all panelists agreed cybersecurity cannot be left to the IT department alone but everyone from Management to the last employee should be taught about cybersecurity and its importance.

“Cyber security is not vertical but it is horizontal where it covers a lot more areas and aspects as well as multiple categories, therefore it is important for all to be involved. It is also very encouraging to note that more and more board members are keen to contribute to the digital transformation journey,” said Tanvinder.

Cyber security is a journey and not a milestone. More updates on this story to follow.

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