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Cyber security transcends industries and sectors. From education and retail to health and finance —any organisation which relies on data is at risk of a cyber-attack. Worse still, it can impact their customers and the clients they serve.

Last week, we noted that the chairman of the National Cyber Management Centre warned a major cyber-attack would affect the financial sector in 2017. While this hasn’t come to pass yet, we’ve already seen our first major breach of the year reported in the healthcare sector. Last Friday, England’s biggest NHS trust, Barts Health, detected a malware attack, forcing it to shut down some of its IT systems for four days.

Not all data breaches are equal and while there are commonalities of course, each sector needs to find where their own vulnerabilities could lie to prevent them. Whatever your business, a data breach can be catastrophic for your reputation if not handled quickly and effectively.

Protecting your business in the advent of a breach is just as important as preventing it. Businesses need to have a crisis communications plan as part of their overall business strategy. As part of this strategy, communicating the right messages to your audience is crucial. Many of our clients at Racepoint run across multiple sectors, providing solutions that are used by various kinds of businesses. This means telling different stories for different sectors, aligning messaging to the points that really matter to each audience. In communications, ‘one story for audience’ doesn’t work and that’s never truer than when it comes to a data breach.

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News Round-up

BBC News

GCHQ backs cybersecurity start-ups in new Cheltenham hub

British comms and intelligence agency is backing a local start-up hub to improve UK cyber security credentials.

Digital Health

Update: Trojan malware blamed for Barts cyber-attack

England’s largest NHS trust offline has been hit by Trojan malware

Infosecurity Magazine

30% of NHS Trusts Hit by Ransomware

New research shows how much patient data is at risk.

SC Magazine

European businesses buying bitcoins in preparation for ransom attacks

Danielle Correa discusses how businesses deal with ransomware.

Wired

If Trump Wants a ‘Hacking Defense’ Strategy, He Should Just Use Obama’s

Lily Hay Newman discusses the incoming US president’s cyber security strategy.

 

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