Why Cyber Security is More Important than Ever
The shift in the way we work has led many businesses to make cyber security a priority. When COVID-19 hit and millions began working from home it increased the vulnerability of businesses, as the robust systems they had in place in the office where no longer applicable and businesses now had to rely on the security measures employees had taken on their home computers and devices. Cyber security is a big threat to businesses, not only can being compromised impact them financially, but it can also put a big dent in their reputation and negatively affect customer trust. Rising cost of breaches The cost of cybercrime that is incurred by UK businesses runs into the billions, which is why investing in robust cybersecurity has never been more important. Recent statistics show that the average cost of a data breach for a large company is £20,000, but the actual financial impact can be much greater when you take into consideration the reputational damage, loss of trust and how having a reputation for poor security can lead to a failure to win new contracts. Increase in sophisticated attacks Nearly every business has a website and externally exposed systems that can provide hackers with entry points into internal networks. From phishing attacks to compromising privileged accounts, the cyber attack threat is becoming increasingly more sophisticated and hackers have a lot to gain for successful data breaches. Businesses need to assume they will be attacked at some point and have robust systems in place that not only detect if they have been compromised but help them respond and remediate quickly. More IoT devices Today there are more smart devices than ever before connected to the internet in both the home and the office. From mobile phones, tablets, laptops, PC’s, printers and wearables, each device that is connected to the internet could potentially provide cybercriminals with an access point. With more and more IoT devices comes a wide range of security weaknesses and businesses should consider regularly conducting vulnerability assessments to help identify and address risks presented by these devices. Stricter regulations The introduction of regulations in the UK such as GDPR means that businesses must take cyber security more seriously or face heavy penalties if they do not comply with regulations. GDPR was put in place to ensure that organisations take better care of the personal data they hold about customers. As part of GDPR, businesses must implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect personal data, regularly review controls and detect, investigate and report breaches. DP Connect has an established and growing Cyber Security Sales division, which specialises in providing expert recruitment services to clients across the UK and internationally. We have a strong track record of partnering with clients of all sizes including professional consultancies and cyber vendors from start-ups and SMEs through to enterprise level businesses.
Can Remote Working Enhance Workplace Diversity?
In recent years many businesses have been reluctant to adopt remote working as they couldn’t see how it would work for their company or how it could be better than having your employees in the same physical location, but 2020 has taught many businesses that remote working may be the future. Since the beginning of the pandemic, remote working has become the new normal for many businesses and employees. And while it has been proven that remote working can improve productivity, job satisfaction, flexibility and reduce operational costs, could it also enhance workplace diversity? Companies that are serious about their diversity efforts could use remote working to their benefit to help them improve inclusion and diversity at their company and dramatically expand their talent pools. As geographic location becomes less important in the hiring process, companies now have access to a much wider pool of talent and this access can help them increase the diversity in their workplace. Whether they want to balance the gender or disability gap or improve ethnic diversity, companies and remote working can make that easier than ever before. Removing location bias helps create opportunities for more inclusive hiring practices. For example, companies looking to improve their ethnic diversity are no longer restricted by location and can cast their net far and wide to attract the best talent. The talent has always been out there, but the candidate’s location may not have made it feasible to travel for work. Equally, employers looking to close the disability gap at their company can do so without the need to make accessibility changes to their premises as disabled employees would be able to work from home in an environment that they were comfortable in and without the need to commute. This means that employers can begin employing those with disabilities quicker than they could before as accessibility or commuting are no longer challenges to overcome. Remote working can also help reduce conscious and unconscious biases in the workplace, employees are judged based on their performance and the value of their work. Remote working offers flexible working that a regular 9 to 5 office-based job is unable to provide, meaning that companies that offer flexible working patterns to help with work-life balance may attract more female talent, helping to rebalance the gender gap. At DP Connect, we specialise in recruitment for the Technology sector and are committed to ensuring diversity in the workplace, with a particular focus on promoting women in the tech industry. Female empowerment is at the core of everything we do and are proud that our senior management team is made up of 50% women.