Lack of awareness about security threats and vulnerability continues to be one of the biggest challenges in the fast-changing evolving cyber security landscape, said a panel on cyber security at the CeBIT 2013 Cyber Security Conference in Sydney.
The reality of understanding security threats and what they represent is divided, according to Huawei global cyber security officer, John Suffolk.
But technical skills can be crucial. "We can promote the 'don't drink and drive,'" but the need for driving skills is still important, as are technical skills as it boils down to the tactics that companies ultimately have to employ.
He cited that in the U.S. a malware-related incident over two years prompted the Pentagon to start actively resolving the malware threat in a response that took about nine months. Similarly, larger organisations like mining giant Rio Tinto and defense contractor Lockheed Martin have also upped their security efforts after facing malware threats that led to a "change in behaviour."