Cyber-attacks are continually increasing in both the public and private sectors here in the UK. With the complexity of these threats organisations are having to adapt their processes and practices to protect their systems against them.
As the digital landscape continues to evolve with data applications and cloud-based solutions, organisations must prioritise the protection of their sensitive information from potential breaches. This involves regularly re-evaluating people, processes, and technology to ensure readiness in protecting, detecting, and responding to evolving threats. This is especially important for organisations responsible for managing business critical infrastructure systems, posing a significant threat to the security of voice communications and data.
Throughout 2023 the NCSC received an all-time high of 2,005 reports, an increase of almost 64% from last year’s 1226 and issued 24.48 million notifications informing organisations that they were experiencing a cyber incident, through their automated Early Warning service.
“Over the next five years, the proliferation of cyber tools and services will have a profound impact on the threat landscape, as more state and non-state actors obtain capabilities and intelligence not previously available to them. Our new assessment highlights that the threat will not only become greater but also less predictable as more hackers for hire are tasked with going after a wider range of targets and off-the-shelf products and exploits lower the barrier to entry for all.”
While PWC’s survey found that the C-Suite is increasingly recognising the significant risks posed by complex cyber threats and the potential damage they can cause to overall organisational resilience.
These staggering statistics underline the urgent need for robust security measures to safeguard against these threats, and encryption plays a crucial role in mitigating these risks and ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive information.
How does encryption work?
When it comes to voice communications and data security, encryption is widely recognised as one of the most effective measures. Data encryption is a process that transforms information into an unrecognisable and indecipherable format. It effectively disguises the data, ensuring that only authorised individuals can access and decipher the information.
Implementing higher levels of encryption is vital for protecting the transmission of sensitive information. Unauthorised parties trying to decode encrypted messages not only have to determine the encryption method used, but also the specific keys used. This makes encryption an invaluable tool in protecting radio and broadband push to talk communication systems.
The two way radios and smart devices Radiocoms support come equipped with various levels of encryption, including Basic Encryption, Enhanced Encryption (40-bit), and Advanced Encryption (AES 256-bit) to protect both voice and data transmissions.
When selecting the encryption that best meets your organisation’s needs, it is essential to consider the required level of security. Although Advanced Encryption (AES 256-bit) provides the utmost protection, Enhanced Encryption (40-bit) can still offer a secure solution at a more budget-friendly cost.
With cyber-attacks coming from various sources, ranging from employees unknowingly introducing viruses to organised cyber criminals targeting critical infrastructure it is necessary to enlist the skills and tools of cybersecurity experts to establish a strong and systematic approach to cyber resiliency.
If you would like to ensure the security of your voice communications and data, we encourage you to reach out to us to discuss your current communication systems. With our expertise, we can help you to safeguard your information from cyber-attacks and provide you with peace of mind in an increasingly digital world.
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