Cybersecurity is Ramping Up – Big Four to Take Aim at Cyber Threats
Corporate agendas are now starting to include the complexity of cyber-attacks, and need to include details of how companies can secure their data.
23 June 2014
It’s a sign of these risky times when the Big Four accounting firms are getting into the cybersecurity arena.
The companies—Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG — are realizing that they need to be prepared, according to a recent article in the Financial Times.
Corporate agendas are now starting to include the complexity of cyber-attacks, and need to include details of how to beef up the protective technology their companies have in place. Businesses know about virus protection and are now looking at threat detection as well. But the issue at many companies is that while they are doing their best to protect themselves from the outside, they also need to pay attention to what can happen from within.
Documents are vulnerable, and the threat of hackers is not going away. Organizations need to do whatever they can to protect those documents, as well as their overall systems as a whole. Cyber threats come in several forms: hacktivists, organized crime and state-sponsored entities, but what might be the most alarming group is company insiders. Disgruntled employees may want to purposely cause a breach, but more than likely, company assets could get out due to a simple error.
Companies need to have the appropriate security in place to prevent those errors. Tools exists to protect data at the document level, even enabling someone to recall one of those documents if sent somewhere in error, or setting an expiration date so that it’s no longer accessible even if it’s been downloaded. We just hope organizations know where to find them.
Esther is a senior corporate communications manager at Intralinks. She provides content for internal and external communications activity as well as general corporate positioning in order to support overall company objectives. Esther has been creating communications materials for a variety of organizations and companies for more than 10 years. She graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in English Literature.