Threat-targeted organisations need to reappraise the overall value of their total data assets, as well as shift the responsibility for keeping out cyber threats from being an employee burden, an IT security expert has said.
“The time has come to rethink what is meant by ‘sensitive’ data,” Thorpe said. “The reality is that an organisation should regard all of its data as potentially ‘sensitive’ information and protect it accordingly – ideally with file-level encryption.
“We now see many instances of data that had been regarded as ‘non-sensitive’ being compromised and creating security alerts and reputational harm when it’s released out into the public domain.”
Organisations should also move on from the widely held notion that cyber-savvy workforces should constitute a primary line of defence for enterprises when they come under attack by cyber threats, according to Thorpe.
“I’m not suggesting that end users should be absolved from all responsibility for cyber-security policy, but I would suggest that it’s no longer really fair for an organisation to expect its employees to hold the defensive frontline, when in most instances those end users are being pitted against highly technical, well resourced threat actors.
“The ‘workforce is the first line of cyber-defence’ proposition is becoming a rather outmoded mantra.”