The importance of cyber-security has never been more critical

Excellence in this sector encompasses new ways to gather and leverage threat intelligence, technology to prevent intruders finding their way into our networks, monitoring options to catch them if they get inside, approaches to prevent our data being stolen or accidentally leaked by malicious or inadvertent inside threats, through to encryption and other technologies to make the data unusable if it does find its way into the hands of our attackers as well as methods of responding to a breach.

Ten years ago information security was a niche part of the IT department, while today it gets called Cyber-Security and is described as a Tier One threat to critical national infrastructure – from banks to nuclear power stations, as well as a threat to each of us personally, thus cumulatively a threat to society. And following WannaCry, even our Mums and our friends have some idea of the need for cyber-security, and its role protecting vital institutions such as the NHS.

Cash and IP are being stolen every day with values over the year running into hundreds of millions of pounds, while many millions of individuals’ credentials continue to be illegally obtained – with billions in some individual breaches. And we have come to accept that the attacker is most likely already in our network, and if not, the chances are that they soon will be. But the situation would be far worse were it not for the information security industry.

-The importance of this sector continues to grow, including the demand for the skills and talents of its participants. Every year our attackers up their game, and every year we need to do at least the same to match them – and more to beat them.

That’s why it is important to encourage and praise innovation, recognise those who raise the bar, and reward exemplars who facilitate and demonstrate best practice.

At our 2018 SC Awards Europe gala event in the impressive Marriott Grosvenor Square, we plan to do just that, honour and recognise the leading players in our sector – individuals, companies and products that have played their part in making our world a safer place. Thank you.

Tony Morbin, Editor-in-chief, SC Media UK

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