Talking cybersecurity with the BBC World Service

By Dr Guy Bunker. 

Last week I was asked to take part in a panel debate on cybercrime for In the Balance on BBC World Service radio. The programme also featured John Yeo “white hacker” and Kenneth Cukier of the Economist and co-author of “Big Data”. If you are intrigued by the world of cybersecurity then this programme gives a really great insight into where the hackers are located, what they are after and how they go about doing so. More importantly we also debate the topic of regulation in the industry as well as providing some useful advice to small and medium sized businesses, including:

  • Take it seriously. Appreciate that just because you are a small business, never presume that somewhere on the other side of the world someone isn’t interested in breaking  into your business over the internet and stealing what data you have, to monetise that elsewhere in the world. They are and they will.
  • There is no silver bullet. Start with employee awareness; there are lots of stories in the media that you can pick out and ask, what would we do if that happened? How would we prevent that? People are often seen as the weakest link in security, but they are key to building up the defences and reducing the risks.
  • Genuine companies never ask for your password or details by email. So whenever you receive an email from anyone - bank, Facebook, on line retailer -   never click on the link and enter your details.

If you would like to listen to the programme, the clip is available on the BBC iPlayer for the next 4 days - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01bg6d6