I have been in the cybersecurity industry for more than 20 years now. I have founded, operated, and exited several cybersecurity startups. I also advised, invested in, and even acquired a handful. Despite successful outcomes, my experience has left me perhaps a little jaded. Are we winning the battle? When I log into my various web accounts, I am so often reminded that my password had been stolen, sometimes alongside with my personal information. Even major financial institutions and government agencies have suffered a similar fate. Cybersecurity is broken, and here is why.
Though the pressures on cybersecurity professionals and leaders aren’t likely to go away anytime soon, there are ways to curb the pressure and find a healthier, safer, and more effective work–life balance. Here are five tips to help your team avoid burnout.
The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a new round of digital transformation. But in many cases, the rapid pace of digital acceleration has enlarged the digital footprint of both businesses and consumers beyond the capacity of our cybersecurity infrastructure to keep up. The scary reality is that the business impact of COVID-19 may be creating the perfect storm for a cybercrime pandemic; digital citizens will have to act aggressively to secure their data before it’s too late.
Without effective cybersecurity protection, any connected medical device – including infusion pumps, pacemakers, smart pens, vital signs monitors, and more – is at risk of attack, whether it is connected to a hospital network or is one of the millions of distributed devices not connected to any network. This jeopardizes the lives of the millions of patients who depend on them.
The battle for G4S, which might reach fruition this month, has been waged over a period of nearly three months and has numerous implications going forward for the companies involved and the guarding industry on the whole. If the acquisition moves forward, it would effectively cement Allied as, by far, the largest global security company. Based on revenue, Allied would be approximately 40% larger than its nearest competitor, Securitas. The approximate revenues for Allied from the G4S acquisition would total more than $18 billion, including any non-core services.
When it comes to running an information security program, barriers to success are predictable. Many are obvious, such as a lack of budget and minimal buy-in, but others are not so clear and it’s often the small things that add up to create real security hurdles.
A cold reality in today’s enterprise is that ransomware is looming and threatening organizations constantly – like a lion behind the tall grass waiting patiently for its prey. It has unequivocally become the biggest threat to an enterprise alongside malware and phishing, even more so than a natural disaster or hardware failure, or a zero-day attack.