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How to stay cyber secure over the Christmas period
If there’s a worst possible time for an organisation to suffer a data breach, it’s Christmas. That’s not only because it’s morale-sapping to suffer such bad news at a time that’s supposed to be full of cheer and optimism. There’re also the practicalities of responding to an incident at this time of year. For some organisations, particularly retailers, the Christmas period is their peak trading period, and a data breach could severely affect their business. Certain functions could be limited or go offline altogether, there will be delays and staff will need to dedicate their time to responding to the incident. Amid all this, customers are likely to express their frustration and will possibly take their business elsewhere. Other organisations have the opposite problem. Christmas is the time of year when things start to wind down, and many offices will be half-empty as employees use up their remaining annual leave. Those who are left are likely to be finishing off their year-end targets and turning their attention to Secret Santa exchanges, Christmas lunches and festive jumper contests. A data breach could catch them completely off guard, and they might not have the resources to respond adequately.
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