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Now's the Time to Be Selfish with Security

Article date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:12 GMT

AndyhagueWhen it comes to staying safe online, consumers must put themselves first. According to a panel of security experts at a round table debate in Manchester, the strict security practices applied in business must also be applied in everyday life. The paranoia of tight security in business is not practiced enough in personal security and as stated by the experts, this must change. It is essential that consumers apply the same security practices as they do in the workplace, in the comfort of their own home. Lawrence Jones, CEO of cloud and colocation firm UKFast believes although businesses are taking security more seriously, that same focus does not apply to their personal safety. He said: "When we first started we had to persuade people to use the internet for their business, now people understand the benefits and use it as an integral part of their everyday lives. Security is absolutely the next step. Protecting yourself is paramount. As security in business and the home is interlinked, it stands to reason they should be taken equally seriously." Business leader and director at recruitment software agency Hiring Hub, Simon Swan, highlighted the problem. He feels consumers think they will never be a target of a cyber attack, and believe businesses are only at risk, not individuals. He said: "In business, people act more responsibly with security, as they feel they have more to protect. However the average person has many cloud based applications within their home and actually has a great deal of information they must protect." Thomas Langan, director of Incus Technologies believes individuals need to step up their game to ensure they are safe, and apply the basics in personal security. Thomas said: "People still use easy passwords. We need to go back to basics and apply the basic security procedures. In our company, we see too many people hand over their credentials to us with basic passwords. This needs to change, users need to tighten their passwords, and tighten their security. This can be applied to both your business and your home too; no matter how big you grow or how fast you grow, if you don't have high security you're not going to get anywhere." Andy Hague, MD of security firm Secarma suggests that people are not making the link between the headline grabbing hacks and breaches, and the effect that has on them personally. He said: "There's an issue of detachment. People think it won't happen to them, they see the big name brands like Sony getting hacked, and just assume it won't happen to them as individuals. They feel their information is useless to hackers, when in reality; any personal information is useful to a hacker. Without a change in behaviour, security will never make an improvement." Cloud and colocation firm UKFast holds its round table debates each month at UKFast campus in Manchester, covering the latest technology trends or challenges facing businesses in the UK. Here are the round table attendees' top tips for keeping both yourself and your business secure this year:
  • "The sense of ownership and responsibility has changed a great deal. We need to influence the change in behaviour, without a change in behaviour you will never improve both your personal and business security." Andy Hague, Secarma
  • "We need to go back to basics. The use of secure passwords is important, so don't use basic things like your mother's maiden name or favourite football team because that's something people can find out very easily." Thomas Langan, Incus Technologies
  • "Make sure you've got that key individual that takes control and responsibility of security." Simon Swan, Hiring Hub

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