Why National Cyber Security Awareness Month is more important than ever
Growing cyber threats remind organizations of the need to be proactive, know their data and security vulnerabilities, encourage awareness practices and seek outside help when necessary.
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7 views on what organizations need to do to be more secure
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and this year’s observance may be the most important ever. Between January 2005 and April 2018, there have been more than 8,000 recorded breaches, with the number growing every day. Most recently, Facebook was affected by a network breach exposing over 50 million records. Here are the views of seven cybersecurity experts on why it is more important than ever to raise awareness about creating a more effective cybersecurity strategy.
An ounce of prevention
“October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), a time to appreciate those already working in the field that makes this data protection possible-- and to highlight some of the benefits for those who may be interested. A recent report revealed that 80 percent of those in the field feel secure about the future of their jobs, identifying the most satisfying aspects as: always learning something new, defending companies and catching threats and working with extraordinary people and teams. And the salaries help— the median range is $75,000 – $100,000 per year, with 34 percent earning more than $100,000. They get to work with cutting-edge technology on a daily basis—with most professionals finding endpoint detection and response (EDR), user behavior analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to be the most helpful in pinpointing cyberthreats. Plus, 75 percent agreed that advances in machine learning and AI can make their jobs even easier—with adoption increasing each year. Current pros recommend new grads continuously learn new things, pursue new certifications, partake in internships and perhaps, most importantly, do what you love.”

Stephen Moore, chief security strategist, Exabeam
A continually moving target
“More than ever, cybersecurity is a moving target, and staying ahead of the curve is a challenge. When you go online, it’s a simple fact that you are putting your personal data at risk. Breach Level Index found that more than 3,000 records are stolen each minute, which translates to more than 50 records each second. Even further, the recent Facebook hack affecting upwards of 50 million accounts has proven that user data is always vulnerable. This October marks the 15th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). What began as a collaborative effort between government and industry has possibly never been more relevant than now, serving as an apt reminder to us all to not only be more conscious of cybersecurity threats, but how we as individuals and businesses can proactively mitigate cyberthreats.”

Jeannie Warner, security manager, WhiteHat Security
Threats grow in size and intensity
“Recent cyberattacks on major companies like Facebook, Instagram, British Airways and more have proven that the threat landscape is becoming even more complex and sophisticated. In fact, the US Signal 2018 Security ‘Health of the Nation’ survey, revealed that 81 percent of organizations witnessed an increase in cybersecurity challenges in the past year. On the 15th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, it’s important think about how your organization can work to prevent and mitigate cyberattacks. The bottom line is companies must invest in the right talent and solutions to meet strict regulations like GDPR and defend against threats to secure themselves for the future. NCSAM is the perfect time to refresh security strategies and reinvigorate employee knowledge.”

Matt Vander Zwaag, director of product development, US Signal
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The role of automation in cyber defense
“National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a good opportunity for businesses to reflect on the systems in place to protect the security of data at rest and in transit. Using data automation solutions can help reduce the risk, time and cost of deploying changes to, and updating data offered within your data infrastructure. By limiting or negating the need for manual input, which can better protect against security vulnerabilities. In addition, the use of data automation software to conduct repetitive development and deployment tasks frees up IT staff to ensure the data infrastructure is delivering results with security top of mind.”

Neil Barton, chief technology officer, WhereScape
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Hackers have the upper hand
“Despite the best efforts of the global IT community, cybercriminals continue to make their way into what many believe are secure networks. The fact is that when it comes to IT security, our businesses, organizations and government agencies remain outmatched by hackers who are becoming bolder and more sophisticated. Even while the network security industry introduces more effective detection and defense solutions, the traditional “fixed perimeter” based approach to network security is quickly becoming obsolete. My advice this National Cyber Security Month is to recommit to trusted security practices while adopting new approaches that leverage wireless, software-defined and cloud technologies. This is especially important as we move into the era of the connected enterprise and the need for more agile and pervasive networks.”

Todd Kelly, chief security officer, Cradlepoint
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Analytics plays important role in detecting threats
“The increased severity of security breaches due to cybercrime poses a strategic challenge for federal and state security services. Increasing efficiency and speed, controlling the means of communication used by hackers, but also, and above all, anticipating the lead-up to such actions, are all challenges that persist. In this mass information age, the ability to surface information and insights from huge volumes of structured and unstructured data is absolutely crucial in stopping hackers. This National Cybersecurity Month, companies should look for tools such as cognitive search and analytics technologies that surface patterns and relationships along topical lines across disparate silos of information. Being able to analyze and extract key information in the fight against cybercrime as quickly as possible will revolutionize the work of organizations mobilized in this struggle.”

Scott Parker, director of product marketing, Sinequa
Being prepared for the business impact of an attack
"In a recent survey conducted by IDC, 93 percent of companies said they’ve experienced a tech-related disruption, and 79 percent of those businesses lost money either directly, or through paying for additional recovery expertise. The US framework for National Cybersecurity acknowledges protection as a key element of any company’s defense, but equally important is the ability to recover. Organizations need robust, comprehensive cybersecurity plans that range from prevention measures all the way to easily accessible, up-to-date backup as part of disaster recovery. Platforms and tools that combine these capabilities and take advantage of the latest technology – like cloud backups and DR sites – empower organizations, in moments of crisis, to have faith in the plans they have set up, support the business in rebounding from an attack and truly prove the resilience of IT.”

Gijsbert Janssen van Doorn, technology evangelist, Zerto