The challenge of protecting your business’ digital identity

Andy Herrington
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From helping us to shop online to collaboration across the globe – digital services continue to have a huge impact on our everyday lives.

But as these digital services become more embedded into our world, so does the cyber security threat. As a result, we argue it’s more important than ever for businesses to protect their digital identity.

Criminals are starting to go after less secure targets in order to attack an organisation’s identity – individuals. Today’s threat landscape is seeing an increasing number of threats attack organisations through employees.

Highly visible, corporate targets are becoming ideal proxies for groups to make political statements. This is because while a company may invest in securing back-end IT systems and data, security capabilities are generally unprepared for coordinated attacks on individuals within a business.

The growing problem of identity theft

Attackers seeking to disrupt a public service, or gain access to highly valuable government secrets, may require multiple identities. Coupled with digital services on the rise, it means companies and individuals are more at risk than ever before.

Although businesses may have strong security around corporate assets, there’s no guarantee individuals have the same amount of protection on their personal data. So what can organisations do about this?

According to our own research at Fujitsu, only seven per cent of employees rate their business data higher than their personal information.    We also found more than half (52%) of employees value their own data more than work data.

With one in three workers agreeing they worry more about losing personal data than business data, organisations have a challenge on their hands. But who should the responsibility of better security lie with? According to our research, nearly a quarter (23%) of employees feel both organisations and themselves personally could be doing more.

So what is the next step for businesses?

Educating employees about the value of and how to protect their own personal data is a great starting point. Businesses can then a new attitude to personal data trickle through the organisation, helping employees become part of the threat defence.

It’s also about maintaining best security practice. By ensuring that security assets such as strong passwords, two-factor authentication, patching, risk assessments and IT Health Checks are in place and communicated to employees, organisations can ensure that attacks do not occur because of simple mistakes.

Finally, businesses need to gain better visibility into their operating environments by putting the processes and capabilities in place to become more proactive towards cyber security. Being reactive and waiting for incidents and events to happen puts businesses on the back foot.

While digital helps make our lives easier, it is important to also remember the security risks around this technology.  Having the right security tools and education processes in place can ensure data remains secure and hackers don’t take advantage of unaware employees.

The threat landscape is only going to become more complex and we can no longer afford to be complacent.

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