2019 has been a very busy year for us here at CRIBB Cyber Security; the launch of our new CMCA product for the cruise industry was complemented by the release of a brand new service catalogue this Autumn, for example, with a plethora of additional developments taking place. We have revamped our website and implemented regular, weekly blog posts, and today we look at the journey our blog pieces have taken over the course of the year…
At the end of February, we posted a piece entitled, “Good news for SMEs”, about a new cyber security package designed to help SMEs become more cyber resilient. At that time we had the full backing of Dr Emma Philpott, CEO for The Information Assurance for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Consortium (IASME). She commented that she was “…delighted that CRIBB Cyber Security have introduced a package that outlines the strategic importance of data protection and cyber security… to micro businesses.”
These businesses were facing losses of £16,000 on average from breaches and we simply felt the need to do something about it, and you can read that piece in full here.
The very next day we published “Cyber Security: The Emerging Threat to Passenger Safety”, a piece aimed at the cruise industry and more specifically, detailing how digital growth and the emergence of IoT were combining to present cruise lines with a much higher level of threat.
We touched upon the fact that ships contain information on literally thousands of people on board, giving hackers tremendous impetus to use email phishing techniques to plant viruses. The piece went on to highlight the main concerns within cruise, such as the lack of any inbuilt encryption or authentication codes for navigation systems; you can read the full article here.
March saw the publication of a piece entitled, “Travel firms urged to spend more on tech to stop cyber-attacks”, with “PCC offers cyber help to small businesses” published in April, and a very interesting piece on the £183 million fine issued to British Airways by the ICO for a data breach in 2018 coming in August.
September was the month in which we decided to up the frequency with our blog pieces, posting weekly and attempting to cover a range of different topics within cyber security.
First up was a couple of articles on our brand-new CRIBB Maritime Cyber Assurance product for the cruise industry, a solution that we are very proud of and which has been generating quite a buzz of late – we’re hoping for big things with that in 2020.
We then looked at Google searches for cyber security before unveiling our new, PECB fully qualified and certified, Data Protection Officer (DPO) services, further demonstrating our commitment to remaining at the forefront of the battle against cyber criminals. The launch of our 2020 service catalogue was followed by a piece on the NCSC’s decision to appoint IASME as their sole cyber essentials partner for 5 years from April 2020, a development that we welcomed having long worked with IASME for our own Cyber Essentials efforts…
Feel free to browse our blog section to see what we wrote about in November and also for the month to date, our aim is to reach out consistently with information and updates designed to be of value for those with an interest in maintaining or developing cyber resilience.
We believe we are keeping to that goal but would very much welcome your comments and feedback; we would also welcome any suggestions you might have for future pieces!
CMCA – CRIBB Maritime Cyber Assurance
SME – Small and Medium-sized Enterprises are businesses with personnel numbers that fall below certain limits.
IASME – An information assurance standard which is best suited towards SMEs.
IoT – Internet of Things; the network of interconnected things or devices embedded with sensors and software enabling them to gather and exchange data (thus becoming ‘responsive’).
Email Phishing – An example of an online scam involving criminals assuming the identity of a legitimate company and then sending emails designed to gather sensitive information.
PCC – Police and Crime Commissioner.
ICO – The Information Commissioner's Office.
PECB – A certification body for people, management systems and products on a wide variety of international standards.
NCSC – The National Cyber Security Centre
With global spend on cyber security set to eclipse $100 billion next year, it’s clear that 2020 is going to see even more activity in the battle against cyber-attacks but are YOU cyber resilient enough?
Take a giant leap towards that goal by contacting the experts at CRIBB Cyber Security, part of theICEway, today…