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IoT boom and GDPR raise the stakes of a cyber-security breach

Firms need to work smarter rather than harder as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) creates more transparency on cyber-security.

A report from cyber insurers Hiscox comes as fear prompted by prominent attacks has pushed up cyber insurance premiums and investment in cyber defence tools. The burgeoning number of connected devices as part of the Internet of Things will also see the global spend on cybersecurity technology surpass $1.8 billion by 2020, according to new research from IHS Markit.

Global systems integrator World Wide Technology (WWT) emphasises that the costs associated with cybersecurity will continue to rise unless firms focus on working smarter rather than harder to defend themselves.

Companies based in the UK and Europe will also have to contend with the impact of the upcoming GDPR on their security measures. Strict notification requirements to be introduced by the GDPR in 2018 come alongside the potential for fines of up to four percent of global turnover.

“Tools that can help to detect breaches and predict areas of weakness are more important than ever,” said Ben Boswell, UK & Ireland Director at WWT. “One of the side effects of the IoT boom is that companies simply won’t be able to achieve complete security if they’re not investing in smart technologies.”

Ben continues: “We know that having proper information management and data governance procedures in place can dramatically reduce the cost of cyber breaches even if they do happen. But with the increased transparency of the GDPR, avoiding a breach altogether will become even more valuable than simply minimising their impact once they happen.

“Businesses must turn their attention towards tools which predict areas of weakness, pinpoint risks and identify threats to their entire technology ecosystem. Rather than a network manager working harder and harder to create security at each point of connection, these tools can help enterprises to work smarter in the fight against cyber crime.”
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