The US and European transport industries can now count on a new line of defence against cyberattacks and the cyber criminals that launch them, and it comes in the form of an articulated lorry. Fitted out with the latest equipment, the IBM X-Force Command Cyber Tactical Operations Center – or C-TOC for short – will be travelling to sites in both continents to share their expertise and provide incident response drills that focus on building cybersecurity awareness and skills.
According to IBM, the mobile cyber security unit can be deployed in a range of environments and is fitted with self-sustaining power and satellite and cellular communications, providing a sterile and resilient network for investigating and responding to incidents. Rolled out as part of the $200 million of funding into incident response, the truck will also house a state-of-the-art facility platform for cybersecurity training.
Based on the military vehicles that have for years been used to react to emergency incidents, the C-TOC was devised by the technology giant to help companies and businesses react as quickly as possible and keep the financial consequences of an attack to a minimum. IBM revealed in July that companies that deal effectively with data breaches and nullify them within 30 days can save more than $1 million on the total cost. Despite this, less than 25% of professionals surveyed by IBM said that their employers were prepared for cyberattacks with a coordinated incident response plan.
The IBM C-TOC will begin its journey travelling around the U.S. and Europe tasked with three objectives:
Response training and preparedness
To help companies bring their teams up to speed on techniques, while simulating real-world conditions of how hackers operate and key strategies to fight them.
Onsite cybersecurity support
To deploy the mobile facility as a client-specific, on-demand centre, such as at events or other large gatherings where cybersecurity resources are needed.
Education and awareness
To immerse users in a realistic cybersecurity experience, including visits to schools and universities to build interest in cybersecurity careers.
The last aspect of the C-TOC initiative is deemed particularly important, as recruiting cybersecurity workforce continues to be a major stumbling block for many industries – IBM predicts that there will be a shortfall of close to 2 million cybersecurity professionals by 2022/3.
"Experiencing a major cyberattack is one of the worst crisis a company can face,”said Caleb Barlow, vice president of Threat Intelligence at IBM Security. “Having a mobile facility that allows us to bring realistic cyberattack preparation and rehearsal to a larger, global audience will be a game changer in our mission to improve incident response efforts for organisations around the world.”
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