Prevention vs. cure: the case for cyber security first aid

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A positive view on cyber security from Softcat, shared on their new channel for IT thought leadership.

Leaders in the field, technology provider Softcat, released an interesting take on the best approach to cyber security today. The article, published on their new active IT thought leadership platform, Fluent, goes into detail as to why Softcat want to take a new approach to cyber security – taking a stance that diverges from the usual scaremongering tactics and centers successful security.

The piece written by Alexander Lewis, Security Consultant at Softcat, discloses that 77% (of a sample of 3,600 organisations) do not have an incident response plan. Lewis goes on to mention that of those that do, 54% do not regularly test their plans1. But instead of dwelling on cyber risk, Lewis wants bring focus to the importance of not only prevention, but also of response.

“The challenge here is that when it comes to cyber, we can’t just think preventatively” says Lewis. “What I can offer is a pragmatic view of how to balance prevention with response.”

With these numbers in mind, Lewis lays out a three-step process to achieving the correct balance and urges companies to think of cyber incident response as comparable to first aiders. He explains: “Whilst we take preventative measures as an organisation to make a safe and secure workplace, the reason we have first aiders is because we acknowledge accidents can and do happen.”

Lewis’ thoughts can be found in full, on Fluent – as well as the wider collection of thought leadership pieces that share Softcat’s views on technological developments throughout the industry.

Fluent focuses on wide variety of key themes, which include:

Cyber security first aid
Aligning the C-suite with IT
data centre operations post-COVID-19
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Leveraging forced changes in the healthcare market
Secure access service edge
Predicting the workplace of tomorrow
Digital transformation outlook
Managing teams remotely

About Softcat
Softcat is one of the UK’s leading providers of technology solutions and services and an FTSE 250 listed company. They are passionate about outstanding employee satisfaction and world-class customer service – both of which inspire their flexible, friendly approach to business.

Softcat provides organisations with workplace, data centre, networking and security solutions combined with all the services required to design, deliver and support these on premise or in the cloud.

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