A free report from security firm Kroll includes five brief white papers on safeguarding data in the age of cyber security threats.

For instance, there has been an alarming spike in ideology-driven hacking where the intent is not to show one can hack, monetize data or commit espionage, but to simply destroy a company, writes Timothy Ryan, managing director at Kroll.

He notes that most of these hacks are unsophisticated and clear warning signs are not acted on. Ryan calls for security and incident response plans that minimize conflicts of interest, as staff responding to a threat are conflicted in reporting it because it was their responsibility to prevent the threat. “Finally, I believe that governments can play an important role in the fight against these data destroyers through increased sharing of actionable information between government and the private sector,” he writes.

Other topics covered in the Kroll report include a common sense approach to limiting cyber liability as some extra “services” carry unnecessary risk, why Chinese hacking may be the least of corporate worries, controlling access and ownership of corporate social networking sites, and a roundtable discussion on securing a company from cyber crime. The report is available here at no cost, but brief registration is required.

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