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Cyber threats: a new mindset is required

A new report released by KPMG suggests that by learning from the intelligence approach adopted in the fight against terrorism, organizations can improve their safety-net and meet the ever-changing challenges of cyber attacks.

Malcolm Marshall, KPMG partner and head of the firm’s Information Protection & Business Resilience team, says: “Increased awareness of cyber security threats is a positive trend, but indications are that organizations now need to focus on putting into place the fundamentals of intelligence management to gain real value from what they know. It’s the absolute minimum required to instil confidence amongst Board members.”

According to KPMG’s thinking, much can be learned from law enforcement organizations and the report suggests a three-pronged approach to tackling cyber crime. These revolve around creating an intelligence-led mindset within organizations; implementing an operating model similar to those employed by the intelligence community; and building a decision-making process which is centred on a tightly controlled ‘information gathering programme’.

The report ‘Cyber threat: intelligence and lessons from law enforcement’ argues that an intelligence-led mindset establishes a direct connection between the threats and vulnerabilities that organizations face and the consequences of their compliance or inaction.

Read the report (PDF)

•Date: 11th July 2013 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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