Episode 005 – 2020 Cyber Security Essentials with Anna Heim – ARES Risk Management and Ian Luckett

2020 Cyber Security Essentials

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In this episode I share with you the Cyber Security Landscape for 2020 and how it could affect your business with Anna Heim – ARES Risk Management.

The information and data within your business is possibly your most valuable asset. It its quite possibly the key to growth and success. The security of your data, therefore, must be a priority within your business.

But when you are offering Security as an “Add on” to your IT Business, what do you need to know?

In this episode, I bring Anna Heim, the Head of Cyber Security and Data Protection Consulting at ARES Risk Management to the podcast. .

Today, you will learn about the different elements of the current Cyber Landscape, how it is evolving and how you can respond to it.

More importantly, what IT companies can do to integrate cyber into their value offerings and how to identify different malicious threats to different companies and how to prevent it.

In This show we talked about 2020 Cyber Security Essentials.

The importance of understanding the Cyber security Landscapes because according to Anna the basic mantra of Cyber Security is – it’s not the case of “IF you get hacked but it’s more of WHEN you are going to get hacked.”

She added that the level of security you are getting should enhance your security not burden them.

Every day our businesses are evolving and every day we see that there is   new software coming out to deal with our security. However we need to understand that what’s right for each company and “A” is not necessarily right for company B,C,D,E,.

Moreover, knowing how to identify what your business needs and what types of threats that may potentially attack your business is very crucial because once you are aware, you will then know how to prevent it.

Anna and Ian talked about the different types of attacks;

According to Anna, the biggest threat in 2020 and beyond is 5G and IOT.

Malware, or malicious software, is any program or file that is harmful to a computer user.  It could be a worm, a Trojan, a virus, a rootkit or a back door.

Malware is a Blanket across the business world so it doesn’t matter what type of industry you are in or how big you are because It’s something that could attack us all either as an individual or as businesses.

Ransomware on the other hand is a type of malware (malicious software) that cybercriminals use to “Kidnap” your data. And then hold you to ramsom. It blocks access to your computer system or data and then encrypts it, until the victim pays a fee to the attacker.

In many cases, the ransom demand comes with a deadline. If the victim doesn’t pay in time, the data is gone forever.

And these are the different types of Industries / business sectors that needs to be aware as are more prone to different types of hacks or ransomware attack:

  • Gas company
  • Financial Sector
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Utilities

Ian states, that the best way to prevent this ransomware attack is to have a Backup which Anna agrees with and that backing up is the big solution to overcome ransomware attack very quickly.

Hence, the important thing is to understand that Cyber security and data protection is not just about your computers and your networks but more about what lives in the cloud.

It’s about your mobile phones, your laptops and your tablets. Everything has to be secured. You lose your phone you lose your life”.

So, making sure that your phone in particular has a good level of security is absolutely critical in your business.

ITS Quick Fire Round

1) If you were to ‘bottle’ one part of your business journey and sell it, what would that be and why?

I think my curiosity and my research skills. I spend a lot of time asking awkward questions and looking at things from an analytical point of view.  That’s what keeps me ahead of the curve from the cyber intelligence perspective.

2) What is your biggest learning/regret and advice to listeners when scaling their business.

I would get into coding. There is an absolutely outrageous shortage of cyber security penetration testers out there and I love this part of my work

3) What is your favourite App on your phone and Why?

I’ve got to favourite apps – Wickr Me https://wickr.com/ and Signal. https://signal.org/ Both are communication apps with end to end encryption.

Guest Details

To contact Ana Heim – ARES Risk Management, email her at anna@aresriskmanagement.com  or call her at 07465 932099.

Links and Resources

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“Backing up your whole system is one of the best steps any business owner can take against ransomware.” –Anna Heim

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