Now wash your hands

 In ITC's Threat of the Week

The World Health Organization has been banging on about the importance of regular hand washing for ages.

It turns out that even the simplest of personal hygiene routines goes a long way to manage the spread of infection. Basic hygiene protocols have always been important in our industry too. In fact, it is hard to find anyone from the past, present or future of the Information Security world that are not preaching this missive.

Customers and associates who came to our annual security event this year ‘Safe & Secure’ at the fantastic Banking Hall venue will recall that basic hygiene was the key message delivered in no uncertain terms by our fabulous guest speakers along with our equally fabulous in-house types, present company excepted.

Step forward three months. Last night, in the top span of Tower Bridge, ITC held its second Cyber Security Council at which we were honoured to listen to the wise words of not one, not two, but three very wise men. Their sage advice was pure gold with a little bit of mirth. The frankincense didn’t make it.

The event was under the Chatham House Rule which means that details of who said what will never be available. If you are interested, ask about the next council.

By way of either a strange coincidence or, perish the thought, we know what we are on about, at this week’s RSA conference, Dave Hogue non-other than the technical director of the National Security Agency, revealed the agency’s five top tips for preventing infection, specifically 0 days:

  1. Establish a defendable perimeter
  2. Ensure visibility across the network
  3. Harden to best practices
  4. Use comprehensive threat intelligence and machine learning
  5. Create a culture of curiosity

If you don’t want to listen to us, you really should listen to him.

If you want to discuss best practice or get an invite for the next Cyber Security Council, please contact us at: [email protected] or call 020 7517 3900

Massive thanks to Rob Lee, Sophia Casimir and everyone else involved in the organising of yesterday’s event.

Author: Kevin Whelan

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