The reality is that cyber attacks have occurred in great numbers, and are continuing to do so. This is not a new threat – hackers have been infiltrating sensitive government and industrial systems since the early 1990s. The importance of cyber security has only recently erupted due to a number of high profile and disruptive security breaches across national corporate infrastructures, as well as recognition of the need to be open and collaborative about the nature of the threat in order to combat it effectively.
Security is more of a process and a culture than a solution, and data is the lifeblood of most organisations in the digital age. As such, safeguarding IT networks and sensitive data from electronic attack, both from external and internal perpetrators, is a constant endeavour which needs to be led from the top of the organisation.