With a number of high profile hacks over the past year, and a move towards more fines for data breaches in 2018, businesses need to start being proactive about cyber security to avoid getting stung.
A strategy needs to be in place for dealing with this very real issue that is no longer the preoccupation of the tech team, but business-wide.
There is certainly a very real need for businesses to make sure that the issue is not sidelined. Could the creation of a specific job role help to ensure that knowledge and focus are not diluted when they're needed most?
With 2016 set to be the year propelling forward Internet of Things and mobile usage, it's hardly surprising that cybersecurity needs to at the forefront of strategy. It will be interesting to see how we stand this time next year.
But the worrying news is that breaches are inevitable, warns Geoff Smith of Experis, while a shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals is likely to push up the costs of beefing up defences and dealing with attacks. On top of this, new European data protection laws coming into effect in 2018 will see a "dramatic increase in fines" for data breaches, says James Mullock of law firm Bird and Bird, forcing firms to reassess their compliance procedures this year. Dedicated Data Protection Officers reporting to the board would be "a sensible measure", he says. Meanwhile, new fronts are opening up for cybercriminals. Several security experts are forecasting an increase in ransomware attacks, whereby criminals hack into your system, encrypt your data and then demand a ransom before they decrypt it.