Even if we just see the missing numbers, the shifting data on a digital spreadsheet, there are always the folks on the other side of the computer, feeling the real ramification of those numbers. Because the enemy is out there working. And even though the average man might not be the target (although many times we are), no one is immune from the attacks.
Raising Cybersecurity Awareness: 7 Questions to Ask
Cybersecurity is a team effort. It’s no longer solely the responsibility of IT or cybersecurity departments to defend organizations against cyber attack. Cyber criminals can target any one, across all departments and roles, and this means that everyone plays a part in protecting networks, systems and data. We’ve put together seven questions you can ask your IT and cybersecurity teams to initiate crucial conversations about how you can best serve as a line of defense for your employer.
One of the hurdles faced by organizations regarding cybersecurity isn’t just establishing protective measures. It’s also managing the sheer deluge of information regarding security events occurring on any given day. Because of the volume and complexity, businesses often seek out options to simplify the process. One of those options is SIEM, a valuable tool for cybersecurity teams.
In a world where devices of all types are connected to networks, the need to maintain strong cybersecurity is greater than ever. For organizations, particularly those that retain financial and other sensitive company and customer data, cybersecurity is critical, as the results of a network breach could be catastrophic. When developing the cybersecurity strategy, the following five factors are key to ensuring that physical security and other devices provide strong protection to prevent network breaches.
The three steps urged by CISA, MS-ISAC, NGA, and NASCIO are fairly basic security hygiene: run daily backups, train staff on "cybersecurity awareness," and "revisit and refine cyber incident response plans." Unfortunately, these three steps may be beyond the capabilities of the organizations most likely to be hit by ransomware—school districts, government agencies, and small and mid-sized businesses that have IT budgets that place them below the information security poverty line.
Recently, a survey by the Ponemon Institute, sponsored by AttackIQ, unveiled complexity issues and visibility issues in enterprise cybersecurity. In “The Cybersecurity Illusion: The Emperor Has No Clothes,” Ponemon surveyed 577 IT and IT security practitioners in the United States. They discovered that though enterprises spend an average of $18.4 million annually on cybersecurity, data breaches persist.
While some trends, including container security and software defined networking, have seen great interest and adoption, a number of emerging cybersecurity trends fall into an "experimental" category, representing conceptual or early-stage trends with few functional products that have not yet reached widespread adoption. However, these trends have sparked proof-of-concept work, and companies should be on the lookout for their spread in the future.
CIOs and CISOs are increasingly concerned about incident response, automation and threat hunting; conversely, security operations center (SOC) analysts prioritize procedure and policy, monitoring security tools and investigations, according to the Exabeam “2019 State of the SOC Report.”