Data and securityCyber SecurityNew capability to help organisations fight cyber threats

New capability to help organisations fight cyber threats

UKCloud announces the addition of CyberScore to their portfolio to enable businesses, including the public sector, in keeping cyber threats at bay

Organisations in the UK public sector are faced with the dual challenge of increasing the variety and accessibility of new services, whilst ensuring that they remain on top of incoming cyber threats.

A recent Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019 estimates that over 60% of medium to large sized UK businesses had identified cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months and only 31% have done a cyber risk assessment in that time. The average costs faced by businesses range between £9,270 for medium firms and £22,700 for large firms in 2019.

It’s no surprise to hear that the average cost and impact of a successful cyber-attack is continually increasing.

Cyber threats such as phishing attacks (which account for 80% of attacks), others impersonating an organisation in emails or online (28% of attacks), or viruses, spyware or malware, including ransomware attacks (27% of attacks) have surfaced as organisations have started to transform by adopting various cloud platforms and software services.

These cyber threats are in addition to managing their existing IT infrastructure, common tooling for operations, monitoring and cyber capabilities.

To counter this cyber threats and help organisations improve their cyber security health, UKCloud has announced that it is embedding CyberScore into its portfolio of core capabilities.

A view of a security posture

CyberScore is a vulnerability scanning and reporting tool from XQ Cyber providing feedback on the Cyber Resilience of IT systems. The tool gathers data about an organisation and interprets it, to present a view of a security posture.

The company’s platforms are capable of hosting data classified all the way to SECRET, and natively connected to core government networks in addition to the internet. The platforms are ideally connected to allow customers to build capabilities that can manage and monitor their entire IT estate.

CyberScore is a fully automated, rapid, and scalable cyber security testing and rating service which enables users to discover their cyber security ‘score’ and generate high quality reports that help communicate and remediate vulnerabilities around the organisation and throughout the supply chain. The service provides a score based on the state of the vulnerabilities within a network and identifies key remediations and ranks and rates vulnerabilities so that an organisation can decide on an acceptable level of cyber risk. This score than acts as guidance for how vulnerable a network is, considering various factors such as the number, severity and nature of vulnerabilities found. The tool allows organisations to start getting the basics right in ensuring that the health of their environment is understood – and provides easy to understand remediation guides for local IT teams to execute.

“If you or your partners are running obsolete software – CyberScore will let you know. If you’re running supported software that is missing lots of security fixes, CyberScore will flag it and include it in your Get-Well Plan. It will tell you where all your vulnerabilities are, which ones are the most important, either because of their nature or their prevalence, and it will tell you what to do about them” said David Carroll, CEO at XQ Cyber.

Cyber security a top priority for the government

The five year National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS), published in 2016, sets out the government’s plans to make the UK secure and resilient in cyberspace, prosperous and confident in a digital world. It is backed with £1.9 billion of investment to help in defending systems and infrastructure from cyber threats, deterring adversaries, and developing a whole society capability.

The opportunities for those who would seek to attack and compromise systems and data will continue to increase, along with their potential impact. That is why cyber security remains a top priority for the government – it is central not only to the national security but also fundamental to becoming the world’s best digital economy.

UKCloud is committed to identifying the right tools and services to help customers with evolving their IT operations to cope with the challenges of a transitioning IT estate. The introduction of CyberScore is the first in a new line of capabilities designed to enable customers to get a better handle of their IT estate by fighting cyber threats in a multi-cloud world.

“Here at UKCloud, we use CyberScore internally to ensure that we are continually aware of our cyber posture and stay on top of risks. We identified that many of our customers face similar challenges and wanted to make this easy to use tool available to deploy across our multi-cloud platform. It marks the start of exciting new capabilities being made available to our customers to help meet the new challenge facing operations teams in the cyber and operations space” said Leighton James, CTO at UKCloud.

In March this year, UKCloud confirmed on investment from Digital Alpha to expand its high-security multi-cloud platform to enable digital transformation of UK public services.

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