What did the Millennium Bug teach us about cybersecurity?

It’s hard to believe that two decades have passed - but 20 years ago the world was celebrating a momentous non-event. We remember it well!

Posted by Helen Roughley

Marketing Manager at The PC Support Group, a multi-award-winning IT support and telephony provider.

Thu 09th, Jan

Never mind the fanfare as the new millennium dawned in 2000. As memorable as those amazing fireworks on Sydney Harbour Bridge were, around the globe governments, national infrastructure providers, business leaders and IT professionals were giving thanks that the widely-predicted devastation caused by the infamous Millennium Bug had been avoided.

 

Two decades on, we actually have a lot to thank for the panic it caused in 1999. That’s because, despite accusations that the potential effects of the bug had been overstated, the risks were, in fact, very real – and they forced businesses, legislators and regulators to get serious about protecting IT infrastructure and systems, and to establish robust industry standards and compliance regimes.

 

Cybersecurity was suddenly big news – and remarkably many of the basic principles and methods established 20 years ago to protect us against attacks remain relevant to this day. You could say with some justification that true global cybersecurity was born in 1999!

 

Those basics have become today’s essentials, and include:

  • making cybersecurity a Board-level responsibility
  • having a forensic knowledge of how your data is gathered, managed and stored
  • understanding your risks and vulnerabilities
  • having cybersecurity plans, policies and budgets  – and regularly reviewing them
  • keeping software up to date
  • educating employees on safe working and how to avoid falling victim to cybercrime.

 

At The PC Support Group, we’ve developed a comprehensive, award-winning portfolio of services, solutions, advice and guidance to help keep your business – and your clients – safe. These include:

 

  1. Security surveys and testing – to help identify and manage vulnerabilities
  2. Managed internet firewall protection – that meets the Payment Card Industry Security Standard (PCIDSS) compliance regulations
  3. Managed antivirus services – ensuring detection, protection and removal
  4. Robust, monitored data backup services – keeping all your data in a safe and secure location
  5. Multi-Factor Authentication – for extra security in addition to usernames and passwords
  6. Data encryption – keeping data safe if your computer or smartphone is lost or stolen
  7. Consultancy to assist with Cyber Essentials accreditation (as we are Cyber Essentials-certified, having achieved the principal UK-Government-backed cybersecurity quality standard)

 

If you’d like to arrange an informal chat to review your approach to cybersecurity, or to discuss any of our IT and telephony services, call us NOW on 03300 886116 or email info@pcsupportgroup.com

www.pcsupportgroup.com

 

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