Thursday, June 16, 2016

Building Cyber Awareness: What I Would Do First

Cyber security experts are often asked what strides an organization should take in order to measurably reduce their exposure to cyber threat actors, and their relentless cyber-attacks. Deploying the right security technologies obviously makes good sense. However, no matter how much security technology you deploy, it will never completely replace good common sense. Most cyber-attacks that result in data theft involve the human element, and the dreaded 'click.' That is, the act of an employee being fooled by a phishing E-mail and clicking a link or attachment that installs malicious software without detection. Reducing this single liability would serve to improve anyone's defensive posture. This article by Stephen Gates, Chief Research Intelligence Analyst, NSFOCUS, discusses his recommendations on how to solve this problem.