ICT Security: hacker attacks are going to be bolder than ever, companies will not be able to deal with them by themselves


It can expect an uneasy future full of attacks, which are going to be bolder, faster and sneakier than before. We are talking about computer security or ICT Security. According to Derek Manky from Fortinet company, we can expect much more sophisticated hacker attacks this year and they can attack practically anything. Therefore, organizations all over the world are going to face an uneasy challenge in ICT Security: to be able to protect their data.

Statistics in ICT security

Eurostat has explored the role of ICT Security in European Union businesses in 2015 and the results showed that nowadays, one in every three companies has their computer security policy defined and is aware of its importance. The range of this companies' security awareness and the necessity of preventing the risks coming from cyberspace is, according to Eurostat, related to their field of business.  The best secured ICT Security can be found in companies focused on information and communication technologies (60%) and science and technical activities (49%). The least interested companies in ICT Security are those which focus on construction (20%), property (25%) and transport and stock (26%).

Business opportunities

As it is confirmed by Gartner and Trend Micro, a question of ICT is going to become much more urgent than it has ever been. According to Trend Micro, 2016 is a breakthrough in this field, because the growing number of cyber-attacks will cause different organizations to realize how necessary it is to have properly set ICT Security. Gartner adds that most of organizations are not going to be able to get a functional ICT Security by themselves. Therefore, we can expect that until 2018, more than half of companies is going to hire external companies to secure their data for them.

Start ups, which went for it

One startup, which offers its ICT Security services to different companies, is  Cybereason from Israel. Their security platform enables businessmen to continuously track their own system so they can detect the hacker attacks, while the attackers are trying to get to their data. This enables the companies to prevent the attacks long before they actually happen. Another Israeli start up is, for instance, Cymmetria. This startup attracts businessmen with idea of changing the asymmetry in cyber security – the hackers are going to be the ones who will be defeated after trying to attack some organization. We should definitely mention also a British organization called Digital Shadows. It offers solutions to companies through data analysis, which provides them with an overall look at their digital prints and analyses the hackers' profiles. Other inspirational startups focusing on ICT Security are for example Exabeam, Illumio or Synack. One of the successful participants in the last year's Brno JIC STARCUBE was the Estonian team ESEC Solutions.

In the Czech Republic, one of the successful companies focusing on nets monitoring in ICT Security field is Flowmon Networks, former INVEA-TECH. One company from Brno, Safetica Technologies, has recently become a partner of an international planner Eset. Another stable company in the anti-virus market is AVG, a company which has conquered the global market from Brno and is one of the technological partners of the already mentioned accelerator. Another partner Y Soft, recently invested through its subsidiary company $ 1.3 million to more promising GreyCortex Brno company that develops solutions for forensic analysis and monitoring network traffic in large and medium-sized companies.

Video: Illumio

ICT Security is one of this year's JIC STARCUBE topics. JIC STARCUBE the oldest Czech accelerator. Startups can sign up for this accelerator until 7 August 2016. Since 2010, there are 72 startups which joined the JIC STARCUBE. The startup teams participate in three months full of knowledge, workshops, meeting with mentors and connecting to the global technological companies. They acquire advantages and financial support for testing and prototyping, legal or tax services, marketing and covering their travel and accommodation expenses. Some of the successful companies, which once were a part of this accelerator, are for example GINAReservio or one of the fastest growing startups, Kiwi (former Skypicker). Partners for 2016 are Honeywell, Microsoft, AVG, Konica Minolta, Y Soft. You can find more information about the accelerator at our webpage www.starcube.org.