Nov 14, 2017

Just like a cyber attack NIS needs to be dealt with - fast

All the recent talk has been about the introduction of GDPR and we ourselves are guilty of reminding you of the fact that you've only got till May 2018 to be GDPR compliant. But there’s another piece of legislation also coming into play at the same time – NIS.

The Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive is designed to ensure that a more robust approach to the prevention of cyber attacks and their impacts is adopted by organisations in certain critical sectors. So if you are in energy, water, transport, healthcare or digital infrastructure, you need to pay attention and get prepared to beef up your cyber security.

You only have to look back to the massive WannaCry ransomware attack earlier in the year that badly disrupted many NHS trusts across this country, to realise that the threat and scale of cyber crime is increasing. Cyber threats rose by 52% between the first and second quarters of 2107, with 65,000 attacks reported in the second quarter alone.

So what’s the cost of all this disruption to organisations? It’s hard to calculate as the effects spread further than the organisation alone. What we do know however is that come May 2018 failure to implement the measures required under the new NIS directive could result in a fine of up to £17 million or 4% of global turnover. Ouch!

The UK Government is taking this very seriously. Beyond BREXIT the new data security regulations will most likely be adopted into UK law, so a level of continuity in cyber security is maintained. It’s something we at Agile Solutions take seriously too. Our knowledge of data in all its complex forms and how organisations use and access it gives us a heads up as to the best way to protect you from malicious cyber threats.

If you've got concerns about NIS, why not let us look at your data before anyone else does?