Markets & their Challenges

Cyber security begins with understanding the threat landscape

Markets & their Challenges

All organizations face cyber security risks that may impact their business.

The degree to which cyber security measures are required, however, is dependent on the business risks, the specific cyber threat landscape, regulatory frameworks and the risk tolerance levels of an organization. These factors should be understood, together with insights from security monitoring to create situational awareness and effectively map the most (cost-) effective path to improve an organization’s cyber security posture.

In each sector, cyber threats pose their own specific risk to business. We consider it our task to understand both the threats and risks facing each market segment. Only that allows us to prevent, detect and respond to the specific issues at hand in each sector.

To this end we ensure that we understand the threat landscape of each of the sectors we operate in. Furthermore, we make significant investments to collect, analyze and develop sector specific intelligence. Whether it’s about enterprises, critical infrastructure or government: we know your challenges. And we’re here to help you out.

These are the markets we operate in:

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Corporates

Finding the balance between operability and security

From large to small, from instant brand recognition to behind-the-scenes player, every business has information, assets or processes to protect. In some cases, the value is clear: sensitive intellectual property, financial data material to stock prices, personally identifying information of customers or employees etc. But often the value only becomes clear when it’s too late.

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Critical Infrastructure

Prohibiting failure

Society often takes the services provided by critical infrastructure for granted: electrical power, water supply, gas & heating supply, communications, dams, etc. As a result, critical infrastructure providers are faced with the responsibility not just to take the security measures that are economically justified to protect their own business, but also those required to safeguard their services to society which may or may not (yet) be required by regulation.

E-Commerce

Understanding trust as a major asset

E-Commerce companies rely fundamentally on customer trust. These companies offer financial transactions and there may be no doubt as to their trustworthiness. With the growth of e-commerce, and the development of mobile payments replacing the ‘half-physical’ payments that involve chip and pin cards, the sector has become increasingly interesting for cyber criminals.

Financial Services

Safeguarding flexibility

Financial institutions face a complex challenge in cyber security: flexible and easy-to-use on-line services are a basic requirement of doing business, but at the same time so is safeguarding the trust, personally identifiable information and financial integrity of business and consumer customers. Not to mention keeping operations running smoothly and avoiding disruption of day-to-day business.

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Government and Defense

Safeguarding from manipulation and disruption

As governments move on-line, the availability of digital services, the confidentiality of citizens’ personal data and the protection of national security have become increasingly important. Governments have always dealt with sensitive information, but as everything from filing tax returns, to communicating with embassy in foreign countries, to planning military operations becomes digital and connected, the vulnerability to data breaches is an ever more serious issue.

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High-Tech & Manufacturing

Protecting proprietary information and safeguarding production

High-tech industry is defined by its information, technology and, in many cases, the associated manufacturing processes. Loss of intellectual property or the disruption of production can mean a diminished ability to compete or a complete failure of the business. Protecting these core assets is critical to the health of the business.

Law firms

Building confidentiality

As much as law and accountancy firms carry with them the traditional image of confidential paper files, modern firms operate as digitally as any business. Managing sensitive information on clients’ cases, mergers & acquisitions and privacy sensitive data is a run-of-the-mill part of business. On top of that, a common part of casework is dealing with ever-increasing volumes of digital information that must be searched and assessed for material relevance in the shortest possible time. Budgets and resources are limited, but the task must be performed fast and the result must be complete.

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Oil & Gas

Safeguarding assets and ensuring secure (data-)communication

As Oil & Gas facilities become increasingly reliant on networked industrial control systems (ICS) to manage production, the security of these systems and communication between them is becoming ever more critical. Typically, however, ICS are not designed or developed with cyber security in mind, leaving the responsibility to integrators and end-users to take sufficient additional protective measures. The long life-times of ICS technology, the frequent reliance on third parties for maintenance and support, and the complex dependencies between production and enterprise networks make security in this environment a serious challenge.