In a recent article I wrote for ITSP Magazine, I discussed one of the prominent challenges that enterprises are facing today: the IT Security talent shortage. CISOs want to fill their security team bench with specialized engineers. The problem is, they aren’t readily available. In this post, I will share some of the highlights from the article and talk more about how to optimize skill development so we can grow the talent base for IT Security pros.
The other day I was speaking to a good friend of mine. He’s an executive consultant working for a large Fortune 1000 organization. As we are talking I realize that he has access to a lot of highly sensitive information that if exposed could be rather damaging to the company. He was lamenting to me how he needed to get access to some data on one of the servers but IT blocked him from accessing it until he completed a mandatory online “IT Security Awareness” training.
Last month, Special Agent Scott Mahloch, weapons of mass destruction coordinator for the Chicago division of the FBI spoke at the Food Safety Consortium about how food companies can protect themselves against terrorism by identifying the insider threat and some of the FBI’s initiatives in this area. While the focus of his talk was around protecting the food supply from intentional contamination with chemical, biological, or radiological (CBR) agents, I found that much of the advice on guarding against these types of Insider Threats directly applies to cybersecurity and it would be interesting to share how these tips can be applied in IT security -- not only for food companies, but companies in general.
I believe detection and prevention are the most chewed-over words in the security market. In the last 20 years, I have seen the term virus evolve to worm and horse (trojan). Then it left the living creature world and moved to the “Bond” world by becoming spyware, malware, ransomware and even getting recognized by names, such as Zeus, Cryptolocker and more.
And yet the basic terms of detection and prevention have remained steady. No matter the triggers, no matter the technology or the company. Sometimes you’ll hear detection and prevention used together and sometimes separately depending on the solution’s capabilities. What changes with these terms lies underneath as the threats to organizations continue to proliferate.
In my previous blog post (part 1), I talked about common misconceptions in Enterprise security organizations as they relate to IT security skills challenges along with the disadvantages of counting on log-based solutions for stopping advanced attacks. This week I’d like to focus on three other common misconceptions in IT security organizations. I’ll be talking about why bigger isn’t necessarily better, why User and Entity Behavior Analytics on its own is not enough and why “zero configuration” solutions will let you down.
There have been several articles in the last couple days that talk about NIST’s latest Digital Authentication Guidelines (DAG) draft which is indicating SMS for 2-Factor Authentication is nearing the end. Given its popularity it’s creating a lot of conversation. And lots are asking what this could mean for the Enterprise.
We security professionals are constantly reading over and over: Time is not on our side. In the recent Verizon DBIR 2016 report they illustrate how quickly threat actors go in and out of networks. There are many other similar security data reports that list the possible reasons and detach responsibility which ultimately means “all we can do is our best.”
“Being the founder of a startup is a very unnatural thing to do.”
Those were the words of a board member from my previous company. Most people would rather work in a more established company solving problems they deem challenging, without having to worry about customers, finances, employees, etc.