15 October 2017
Lisa Martin’s report “Top secret information about Australia’s military hacked”, published on October 12th, 2017 at news.com.au, about a one year old attack on an Australian defense contractor is another example that small businesses are technically and organizationally overstretched with the challenges of cyber security.
The best approach for SME’s would be to set up a cyber security framework like the NIST Cyber Security Framework or an ISO 27001 based framework. But the effort to do this is for small businesses just too high.
For SME’s to stay ahead of the cyber security curve a light version of such frameworks is required, with focus put on actively managing the risk.
The “Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Security Incidents” of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) puts focus on the basics. If carefully implemented and regularly assessed, the security level goes up and this kind of attacks are no longer possible. Even large businesses can raise their security level when implementing the ASD’s recommendations.
But when it comes to critical infrastructures a full implementation of a cyber security frameworks is the only way to survive in the long-term. By the way, the first task in the NIST CSF core is asset management…
Have a great week.