Rizwan Virani is an Alliant Cybersecurity President & alliantgroup Senior Vice President, overseeing risk management services as well as chairing the firm’s IT Steering Committee. Virani advises CPA firms and industry partners on topics and issues relating to cybersecurity, risk and policy planning strategies.
Virani holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and has more than 13 years of professional services experience with expertise in engineering, construction, manufacturing and technology industries.
In order to combat cybersecurity threats, the Biden administration and state governors across the country should immediately work to foster deeper relationships with the private sector. Tech and government certainly don’t always get along, but the threats we face now require a national effort that would rival the Space Race of the 1960s. This can be done through state and federal governments offering financial incentives to businesses that prioritize the development and integration of cybersecurity measures, amplified communication from the government concerning the importance of cybersecurity, as well as the potential bolstering of compliance standards to minimize threats and the negative impact of breaches.
With the flight to remote work happening so suddenly, senior decision makers at small and medium sized businesses simply haven’t come to reality with their cybersecurity capabilities, and in turn, vulnerabilities.