Leading GDPR Lawyer and CEO of global automated compliance platform, Naq Cyber, Nadia Kadhim warns the defence industry needs to do more to protect classified data as the number of attacks on this sector has increased by nearly 50% with an average of 1,661 according to a global report by Check Point Research.
This increased risk has already led to an increased demand for additional compliance measures from the Defence Industry to ensure their suppliers meet legal and regulatory compliance requirements such as Cyber Essentials, JOSCAR, DART, and MOD Risk Assessments.
Naq’s platform guides MOD suppliers through implementing, verifying, and maintaining the security requirements set by the MOD and Primes. This includes training in risk management and device security to ensure businesses meet the required security controls.
Kadhim said, “The number of cyber-attacks within the defence sector is expected to keep rising. While it is crucial to ensure the MOD’s systems are secured, it is also just as crucial to ensure defence suppliers have a strong cybersecurity posture or risk putting the entire defence supply chain in jeopardy.
It’s a pattern we see in other highly regulated sectors, such as healthcare, where attackers use suppliers to access valuable and sensitive information. To keep the UK defence sector safe, we must focus on suppliers and ensure they are meeting continuous compliance with the cybersecurity requirements set by the MOD and their primes.”
Many MOD suppliers are utilising Naq Cyber’s automated compliance service as the platform specialises in highly regulated sectors and offers a ‘hyper-localised’ solution. This unique and bespoke solution automatically delivers the necessary compliance required based on location, language and legislation needed for the specific sector allowing companies in the defence space to not only fulfil requirements but also turn compliance into a competitive advantage and impulse to growth.