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Use Computer Security Day to strengthen business resilience

All organisations should use Computer Security Day on 30 November 2017 as an opportunity to improve their ability to recover from disaster, says Padma Naidoo, Head: Advisory Services, ContinuitySA.

"Computer Security Day was inaugurated in 1988 when computers were recognised as an important business tool - and thus vulnerable to disruption or criminal intent. This vulnerability has grown as technology has become the platform for business," she says. "However, the growth of criminal syndicates targeting IT means that total security is not possible. The current focus on prevention must be complemented by effective disaster recovery and business continuity strategies."

Naidoo says the Business Continuity Institute's 2017 Horizon Scan shows the top three threats to business continuity relate to IT, in part due to the development of a well-resourced cyber criminal network.

Statistics vary, but all agree that cyber crime of various forms is constantly increasing. In 2015, it was estimated that the global cost of cyber crime would be $500 billion by 2019; now the prediction is $2 trillion, a fourfold increase. IDG detected an increase of 36% in incidents of cyber crime between 2015 and 2016.[1]

Alongside the threat posed by organised crime, organisations must also secure themselves against opportunistic crime resulting from poor security practices as well as fraud committed by employees.

"There is a direct correlation between technology and business success. It therefore makes excellent business sense to see computer security within the context of a broader drive to build business resilience, enhancing organisational capacity to identify and mitigate all risks and, crucially, to build the resilience to recover when a risk materialises," concludes Naidoo. "Because the likelihood of a cyber breach is very high, organisations that know how to rapidly respond to and recover from an IT disaster will be the winners in the long run."



ContinuitySA is Africa's leading provider of business continuity management and related services. The company boasts some of the continent's most highly skilled and qualified business continuity and disaster management experts who help companies, organisations and government departments of all sizes prepare for and deal with all eventualities. These include potential threats, events, incidences and unforeseen or sudden disruptions due to human error or natural events.

ContinuitySA also provides a variety of hosting solutions, ranging from co-located to fully managed virtualised environments, with their primary focus being to ensure its clients are able to address the resilience and recoverability of their IT services. These hosting services are complemented by managed backup and recovery services, virtual server replication and high availability solutions to satisfy any level of continuity requirement.

ContinuitySA operates the largest recovery facilities in southern Africa. It has a number of recovery centres in southern Africa with over 20 000 square metres of recovery facilities in Midrand, Gauteng. Smaller sites have been located in Cape Town, Gaborone, Botswana and Mozambique, and a joint venture has been established in Mauritius.

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