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11 January 2015

Organisations should conduct regular IT security fire drills

IT security ‘fire drills’, supported by executive management and the risk committee should be conducted regularly in organisations, in order to understand the appropriate course of action in advance of a security breach.  So says Neil Campbell, Group General Manager for Dimension Data’s Security Business Unit who points out that technologies and services focused on incident response – rather than just incident prevention – should be one of the trends high on the agendas of security professionals in 2015.

This is the top trend on the list of Dimension Data’s team of security experts, following daily interactions with clients. Data breaches such as the March 2014 Target hack, the biggest retail hack in US history, as well as allegations of state-sponsored hacking, are a strong warning that organisations need to move beyond focusing purely on the prevention of security incidents, and start to concentrate on what they will do when an incident occurs.

“It’s inevitable that security incidents will occur. 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’”, explains Campbell. He points out the regular fire drills – or rehearsals – will ensure that, in the event of an incident, IT and management teams are clear about what needs to be done, and the business is less at risk.  This includes recovering evidence, identifying and resolving the root cause of the incident (not just the symptoms), and undertaking a forensic investigation.

So what other issues are on the watch-list in 2015 for IT security professionals?

Matt Gyde, Dimension Data Group Executive – Security Business Unit says, “We’ve identified what we believe to be five of the most significant trends in our industry for 2015. These are not the only areas where change is occurring. However, they certainly warrant discussion.”

He points out that a trend that did not make the top five list, but which is closely linked to each is the use of data and machine learning, which, when coupled with human interaction can create actionable and contextualised intelligence. “This enables organisations to make rapid decisions on how to protect themselves against a pending attack, how to respond during the attack, and what action to take post-attack


About Dimension Data
Dimension Data uses the power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion, offices in 52 countries, and 30,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, which owns the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. Visit us at http://www2.dimensiondata.com/


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