Following the news that the UK is set to implement the Network and Systems Directive (NISD) in May 2018 following consultations, Dr. Jamie Graves, CEO at Scottish cyber security company ZoneFox commented below.
Dr. Jamie Graves, CEO at ZoneFox:
“GDPR was spoken about extensively at its ‘one year to implementation’ as a game changer. NISD is no different and provides clear directives and repercussions for critical infrastructure – a vital area to secure in the fight against cyber crime.
May’s WannaCry attack is a clear proof point for why the NISD is much needed. The way in which businesses need to secure themselves is no different from a phone shop to the National Grid. Data is the key piece of the puzzle, or more specifically, an awareness of data. Making sure that you have network visibility of information – and those accessing it – while it is stored, on the move or taken off the network is the first line of defence against any attack or potential attack. Coupling this with a reporting system that can alert the necessary authorities as quickly as possible and a robust backup will mean essential services are kept online and are in a much stronger position to protect themselves.”