Cyber Security - Risky Business in a Digital Age
30 April 2016
At the CIPS Be More Than Procurement event, speaker Detective Sergeant Martin Wilson of the North East Regional Cyber Crime Unit highlighted the increasing importance of cyber security in our supply chains.
He explained that 80% of cyber attacks could be prevented with the right controls in place – and that the government-backed, industry-supported Cyber Essentials scheme could help to make sure organisations have the basic cyber hygiene to counter these attacks.
Looking out for the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus badges throughout your supply chain will give you the reassurance your suppliers are taking these threats seriously by becoming part of this scheme. He also recommended looking favourably on companies displaying the badge during your tendering and contracting processes.
As part of his presentation, Martin introduced CiSP, the Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership, an online social networking tool which allows members to exchange information on real-time threats and vulnerabilities.
Partners from across the industry and the government feed into the scheme, which offers alerts and advice, best practice and guidance documents, quarterly reports on threat trends and malware and phishing email analysis.
It’s free to join but you will need to be sponsored onto the platform by your local protection officer.
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