Anti-Phishing, DMARC , Cybercrime , Email Threat Protection

The Business Case for Better 'Cyber Hygiene'

Global Cyber Alliance's Andy Bates: Helping Yourself Battle Cybercrime Also Helps Others
Andy Bates, executive director, Global Cyber Alliance

Don't fear free tools and practices if they can help your organization better block phishing attacks, improve information security posture and safeguard others, too, says Andy Bates of the Global Cyber Alliance.

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"In the world of ... cybercrime fighting, we always jump to the technical solutions first - artificial intelligence, machine learning, etc. - and those things have a place," Bates says. "But there's a whole load of common sense, free things you can do in the world of reducing cybercrime and reducing the effect and harm of cybercrime, just by doing some basics."

In a video interview at Information Security Media Group's recent Security Summit: London, Bates discusses:

  • Global adoption of DMARC - Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance;
  • The business case for using DNS filtering;
  • Barriers to adoption for free tools and common sense security practices.

Bates serves as the executive director for the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and Africa for the Global Cyber Alliance. He has more than 25 years of experience. Previously, he served as CTO at Verizon EMEA and served in various roles at Racal Electronics, Cable & Wireless Worldwide PLC and Level3.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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