Focused approaches for a safer digital world
TÜV SÜD’s experts are specialists in cybersecurity advisory, assessment, training, audit, and certification. From cyber risk assessments and cybersecurity training, to carrying out security certification projects, our industry experts have successfully helped companies to improve their cybersecurity. With a structured approach to cybersecurity services developed from many years of experience, domain specific know-how and regulatory expertise, TÜV SÜD offers support to companies across a range of sectors. By helping organizations with compliance to global security standards, TÜV SÜD has ensured our clients have access to markets across the world.
Here are 5 simple cybersecurity tips which you can action today to make your company more secure from cyber attacks.
It is important not only to secure your own organisation and also your global digital supply chains, including 2nd tier and 3rd tier suppliers.
Embed cybersecurity within your products and services from the very begining. Adopt the principle of “security by default” by including cybersecurity in the design phase of any product, service or underlying process.
By increasing cybersecurity and risk awareness, you can use your employees as a “firewall”. Comprehensive training for employees and other relevant stakeholders is key to avoiding and mitigating cyber risks.
Obtain cybersecurity certification for products, services and business processes. Regular audits, particularly by a third party, are highly recommended. These meansures help establish a strong baseline in cybersecurity and also show your customers and partners that your company is well prepared to defend against cyber attacks.
Encourage an active and positive culture for employees to engage in cybersecurity, for example by participating in industry consortia or public-private projects on cybersecurity. Cybersecurity needs to be a top priority for management and tricle down to all the parts of the organisation, irrespective of size and location.
Cyber attacks can target different areas of a company – from physical infrastructure to IT hardware/software and even users themselves. Their aim is to take over and disrupt business processes, or steal corporate or personal data. Cybersecurity minimizes or eliminates these threats using a selection of techniques including security software, intrusion and threat monitoring, access control and firewalls, and user awareness training.
Those behind cyber attacks are difficult to identify personally. A hacker’s aim is usually to disable networks, take websites offline or access sensitive data. Sometimes, hackers are motivated by personal gain; ransomware attacks, for example, block access to a computer or network which can only be released after a payment (ransom) has been made. Other times, hackers are driven by social change or a political cause and classify their activities as “hacktivism”, a type of online protest or civil disobedience.
It is very important that any connected system or device has a good level of cybersecurity to defend against any malicious actor trying to gain unauthorized access. Weak cybersecurity resilience can leave systems vulnerable to attack with consequences which could include loss of service, financial loss or even threats to personal safety.
Good cybersecurity provisioning is the first line of defense against attack and varies greatly in its form depending on the type of threat. Below are some examples of cybersecurity in practice.
Developing and implementing a cybersecurity plan does not have to be complicated, time-consuming or expensive. This is particularly true if you take advantage of the combined experience of TÜV SÜD’s cybersecurity experts to protect your vital data, systems and infrastructure. They can help you understand and achieve a solid foundation in cybersecurity based on current, industry specific standards including ISO 27001 and IEC 62443.
Network security is important in so far as it protects the underlying network infrastructure. It creates a secure, enclosed environment for hardware, users and programs. However, once connected to the internet, IT systems are open to digital attacks, unauthorized access and malicious use. Cybersecurity is the next level of protection against such threats.
IoT (Internet of Things) is the concept of connecting equipment such as monitoring and tracking devices, production machinery and HVAC systems to the internet to take advantage of real-time information and remote monitoring/control. Such devices are often seen as an easy target for hackers to gain access to an IT network as they sometimes lack the traditional security features of IT hardware. What’s more, these IoT devices, particularly in the consumer space, sometimes have access to personal information which needs to be protected as well. As such, it is vital that a cybersecurity framework is in place to safeguard such devices from malicious intrusion.
Yes! Cybersecurity is an overarching solution which not only covers physical infrastructure, IT hardware and end-devices, operating systems, programs and apps, but also secures IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS (Infrastructure-, Platform-, and Software-as-a-Service) on any type of cloud (public, private, or hybrid).