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Conduct cyber ‘fire drills’, Dimension Data urges regional orgs

Cyber-sec firm says rehearsals essential to damage mitigation

Conduct cyber ‘fire drills’, Dimension Data urges regional orgs
Campbell: It’s inevitable that security incidents will occur.

Dimension Data has urged regional organisations to conduct frequent IT security "fire drills" to ensure they are ready for a breach.

In issuing its predicted top five trends for 2015, the ICT security firm strongly urged support for the drills from senior executives.  The company also emphasised the importance of a risk committee to oversee cyber security.

"It's inevitable that security incidents will occur," said Neil Campbell, group general manager, Security Business, Dimension Data. "It's therefore critical that organisations begin to focus on identifying what we call ‘indicators of compromise', putting a comprehensive incident response plan in place, and performing regular IT security ‘fire drills'."

Dimension Data pointed to high-profile cyber incursions like the one that hit US retail giant, Target, as warnings that mitigation strategies are essential to ensure business continuity. Fire drills, the company argues, will educate all levels of staff in what to do after a breach occurs.

Dimension believes security drills will be the top trend for 2015, following several high-profile mishaps in 2014. Other trends mentioned in its list include growth in the Security-as-a-Service segment and renewed vendor focus on endpoint protection.

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