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Given the ever-escalating worldwide threats to society and the cyberworld, what do you need to do to protect your business IT systems?

We meet Phil Howe, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Core to Cloud, a cyber security solutions firm in Cirencester, as he prepares for the upcoming event on 16th June 2022Robots: Because cybersecurity is not dangerous enough – will you survive the cyber war?

An organisation must have a ‘whole’ approach to cybersecurity.

Cyberespionage, cyber threats, cyberattacks are all real and alive. To keep it simple, it’s about detecting the threat, protecting from danger, containing the threat and being able to respond swiftly should a breach occur. However, cybersecurity solutions cannot be one-size-fits-all. There are nuances to consider from including analysing threats, data detection capabilities, and the type of protection.

We cover multiple industries from health (NHS Trusts) through to engineering, ‘joining-up’ all the IT systems to prevent, detect, and stop hackers and attackers all while ensuring a business remains compliant. Given the differences and nuances of all these sectors, and to assist, we break cyber security services into four areas of implementation and response: Visibility, Validation, Governance, and Response.

To explain further, as a business owner or leader, you should be asking yourself these questions:

  • Where are all your IT systems?
  • What are they doing?
  • Are you regularly testing and exercising your cybersecurity controls?
  • How do I check the business’s IT systems from a cyberattack?
  • Should I consider 24/7 cybersecurity testing?
  • Why is security validation important?
  • What is your business protocol for a cyberattack?
  • How would you respond to a cyberattack on your business?
  • What training do I need?
  • Visibility: – where are all your IT systems? What are they doing?

Visibility is key:

As IT environments become increasingly complex, it is important to know where your IT systems reside and what they are doing – with an increased number of devices accessing a network, companies must understand where these devices are and their usage. You may well have a server, several laptops, and countless smartphones and IoT devices connected to your network. To protect your environment, you need to understand the functions of these devices, who is using them, and what they are doing in real-time. If a cybersecurity breach arises immediately, it’s key to be able to see what is happening on the network so you can pinpoint and rectify the issue in an instant. To prevent, detect, and stop, you must first have visibility.


How do you know that your cybersecurity tools are functioning properly?

It is paramount to have continuous security validation of your IT systems to give the business a 24/7 level of visibility and control. Validation is also known as penetration testing. It allows the implemented software to mimic an attack on your business, giving you objective evidence that your security systems are fit for purpose.

We are all well versed that cyber-attacks have become more sophisticated, and it is imperative to stay one step ahead of would-be hackers and ward off the latest attack techniques. With validation, safely test and exercise your cybersecurity controls to ensure they are functioning correctly. Although a company may have security systems in place, there is no way of knowing that those measures will work until an attack occurs. By safely simulating various cyber-attacks, 24/7 validation tools can identify weaknesses in security systems and provide measurable data on what would happen if an actual attack occurred.


What is your business protocol for a cyberattack?

Great governance is also an essential part of having an effective cybersecurity system in place. It’s how you direct your organisation’s approach to cybersecurity. It determines how you detect, prevent and respond to incidents, while ensuring your security strategies are aligned with business requirements and applicable laws and regulations.

Ensure that your team understands and follows those protocols. To effectively safeguard your IT environment, cybersecurity decision making must happen at all levels. This means identifying the cybersecurity decisions that need to be made, the people that need to make them, and the information they require to make informed, proactive and compliant choices.

It’s not enough for an organisation to state that cybersecurity risks are unacceptable. A unified plan of action is a must, so everyone is on the same page, knows what constitutes a risk and understands the organisation’s security priorities.


How would you respond to a cyberattack on your business? What training do I need for my team?

In the event of a breach or cybersecurity attack, you need an organised approach to manage the aftermath. The main priority will be to handle the situation to minimise disruption, damage, and costs. No matter how strong your cybersecurity posture is, attacks and breaches slip through the cracks. It does not have to be a disaster. Incident response is not about identifying a threat but a plan outlining how you respond to that threat. Incidents that are not correctly handled and fixed can quickly escalate into a bigger problem. Responding to an incident will help your organisation minimise disruption and losses, fix exploited vulnerabilities, and reduce the risk of future breaches.

It is about future-proofing your business and systems to eradicate cyber incidents before they occur. However, it is not about one solution but a whole approach with a layer of solutions in protecting, detecting, and stopping attacks, ensuring visibility, validation, governance and response are part of the 24/7 approach to safeguard your business.

For the chance to build your own cyber robot and battle-test your cyber skills, Core to Cloud is hosting a FREE, in-person, interactive event.

There will be peer-to-peer discussions on the current worldwide threats to society with advice on how to protect your business IT systems and handle a cyber-attack.

Date: 16 June 2022

Time: 11.30am

Location: Core to Cloud, The Castle, Cecily Hill, Cirencester, GL7 2EF

To register to attend, please contact 01285 708 313 or email

or visit Robots: because Cybersecurity isn’t Dangerous Enough – Core to Cloud Event

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