Cyber Security Gibraltar

Cyber Security Gibraltar

Hedgehog has been delivering Cyber Security in Gibraltar since 2014 and remains Gibraltars ONLY dedicated Cyber Security Resource.

What is Cyber Security?

Cyber security is how individuals and organisations reduce the risk of cyber attacks. The core function of a cyber security program is to protect the people, processes and technology of businesses and individuals. It also includes the devices we all use (smartphones, laptops, tablets and computers), and the services we access – both online and at work – from theft or damage.

It’s also about preventing unauthorised access to the vast amounts of personal information we store on these devices, and online.

Why is it important?

Cyber security is important because smartphones, computers and the internet are now such a fundamental part of modern life, that it’s difficult to imagine how we’d function without them. From online banking and shopping to email and social media, it’s more important than ever to take steps that can prevent cyber criminals from getting hold of our accounts, data, and devices.

Who Governs Cyber Security in Gibraltar?

This is a really good question. The truth of the matter is no one really. We (Hedgehog Security) run the Gibraltar CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) and are the only entity in Gibraltar that is monitoring the state of Cyber Security.

On 10th May 2018, the GRA was designated as the “Competent Authority” for the security of network and information systems in respect of designated operators of essential services, and of designated digital services. However, they have no technical capabilities and exist purely in an administrative function.

What is the Present State of Cyber Security

The present state of Cyber Security in Gibraltar (for Q2 of 2022) is as follows:

Probes

11,827

Targetted Attacks

88

DoS Attacks

31

Reported Breaches

7

These figures come from our network of monitoring devices deployed within the Gibraltar IP address space and from the information and updates received into the Gibraltar CERT.

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Cyber Security Consulting

Penetration Testing

SOC as a Service

Cyber Essentials

Vulnerability Scanning

Current Threats to Cyber Security

The largest single threat to the cyber security of Gibraltar is passwords and the inadequate use of sensible password schemes in place in a number of public and private sector organisations. A few years ago the UK’s National Cyber Security Center said that organisations needed to update their approach on passwords and published at lot of very good information on how to do this. This information is available here.

As our founder, Peter Bassill, pointed out during one of his CISO council meets at Microsoft back in 2006, the whole paradigm of passwords is dead. If a password is less than 12 characters long it is next to useless. As he pointed out, forget complexity, use length, ideally at least three works put together to form a memorable phrase. That is exactly what the NCSC is recommending organisations do.

How to improve our Cyber Security?

Improving the Cyber Security for your business or organisation in Gibraltar is actually quite straightforward. Here is our recommended approach:

  • Review and revise your policies

  • Achieve Cyber Essentials Certification
  • Subscribe to a Vulnerability Management service
  • Undergo a Penetration Test
  • Implement cyber security awareness training for staff / members
  • Achieve Cyber Essentials Plus Certification
  • Achieve IASME Cyber Assurance Certification

These are the foundations of a good Cyber Security program that will enhance your organisation’s security without breaking the bank. If you would like to know more, why not book a chat with our founder Peter. He lives and works in Gibraltar and is available most days. Or you can learn more about the different elements of the program from our website.