What problem does it solve?
Every business uses some form of technology in it's day-to-day operation. Most businesses under-estimate the likelihood of a cyber attack, and do not realise the risks that unsecured networks, devices and applications present and unfortunately by the time they realise there is a problem, it's already too late. Unsecured networks put organisations at significant risk of cyber attacks which can range from ransom attacks (locking businesses out of their data stores until payments are made - with no guarantee that hackers will return access after the payment) to mischievous disruption of business activities and full scale industrial espionage. Cyber attacks can have a devastating impact on business operations, and result in financial and reputational damage to the business.
Why will a port use this solution?
Ports are critical national infrastructure, essential to the free movement of trade. Cyber attacks are becoming an increasingly popular weapon of malicious states and terrrorist groups. Crippling the flow of trade through strategic assets could have a significant impact on the population and the economy, especially in countries like the UK, where the vast majority of trade flows through ports.
Who will use this solution?
Everyone in the business has a role to play in cyber-security. Typically, it is overseen by the IT Manager
Where is this solution being used?
Although Simplify IT Ltd have not deployed in ports at this time, these solutions are widely in use across other industry verticals. Examples include Logistics and Supply Chain organisation DB Schenker, Bologna Airport, Italy, Eidesvik Offshore and the Williams Formula One Racing Team.
Other information about this solution
Data storage facilities, Servers, Operating Systems (e.g. MS Windows) and e-mail are the most common forms of attack on a business. Understanding what's happening on your network is essential for the security of your business. Minimising activity not only limits the opportunities for attackers, but ensures that your network is available to serve business operations. Controlling the flow of traffic between your internal network and the wider internet is also important. Being able to spot suspicious movement of data between internal and external networks can help prevent data theft. Social engineering attacks exploit human nature. No one likes to think that they would fall for it, but attackers can be very sophisticated. Training your own employees to spot fraudulent or suspicious email activity (phishing) is a valuable investment. Protecting devices that access your network, and securing connections into the network, especially in modern times where remote working is more common, is important. Hackers often exploit vulnerabilities in device operating software (e.g. Windows, iOS). Ensuring that devices are regularly updated to close loopholes removes this opportunity. Should the worst happen, knowing what data you have, taking regular backups and having well rehearsed recovery procedures will enable a faster recovery from attacks.