The government has recently taken an increased role in educating businesses about the latest cyber crime threats, but there is still room for it to do more, according to Sarb Sembhi, former head of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).
Sembhi, who was speaking at the V3 Security Summit, said the government's growing involvement in trying to educate businesses about cyber security was evidence of how important it is to the nation as a whole.
"We've got to a stage now where governments feels it's their responsibility to provide guidance. That's why there's been a series of advice guides that have come out to try and hit home to organisations, so they start to do things [to protect their systems]," he said.
"If a server is taken over and incorporated into a botnet that's bad for everyone as it can be used for denial of service attacks against other firms. So the government is trying to make sure we [businesses] are not attacked and not targeted."
However, while backing the government's stance Sembhi admitted that it would take time for these messages to become standard practice in companies.
"It's going to be a long task and we won't get there very quickly but the government is beginning to do some work on that and it's great to see - it's long overdue," he said.
Sembhi went on to argue that it is not just dedicated security professionals and the government who need to stay up to date with the latest cyber threats.
"Awareness is needed at a variety of levels, it needs to be with the home users so they understand the importance of protecting their home network and have awareness and education as employees to make sure they are not making companies vulnerable," he said.
"This goes to the policy makers to make sure they are making the right policies for the future so there is good governance in big organisations that's appropriate at every level."
However, in the live question and answer session after the event Sembhi admitted that for SME's it is a lot harder to do this given the limitations on staff levels.
"I think one of the problems for SME's is that they are so focused on their business that they don't make the time for secuity related matters," he said.
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