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CISSP, CASP, ISO 27001 – but which is the right qualification for your IT experts? Alan Calder leads us through the minefield of cyber security qualifications.

According to CYREN's 2015 Cyber Threats Yearbook, in the four-year period between 2010 and 2014 the number of successful cyber attacks on businesses of all sizes increased by 144%, the cost of cyber crime per company increased by 95%, and the average time to resolve incidents increased by 221%.

Worldwide, an estimated one billion data records were compromised last year in a spate of high-profile cyber attacks that garnered mass media attention on a weekly basis. Away from these headline-grabbing incidents, smaller organisations were also breached, losing valuable data and suffering severe disruption and reputational damage.