Three New Ways of Thinking About Cyber Security

There’s a growing complexity in the nature of cyber security attacks, but companies are improving their ability to articulate the events around attacks and circumstances surrounding risk. The language, strategies, and collaboration businesses are using around attacks are advancing.

But that doesn’t mean risks don’t still abound, and companies need to be more proactive about understanding their cyber security strategy within a frame of solid corporate governance, as well as addressing concerns around diversity and the skills gap in the talent pool. Take a moment to read more about three ways you should be thinking about cyber security:

Constant Change: With more teams working entirely remotely or adapting to a new hybrid workplace, attack surfaces are experiencing exponential expansion. Compromises and vulnerabilities have broadened.

But that’s not all. There’s also change in the way that attacks are occurring. Where they used to be a one-on-one attacker and victim situation, the norm has become one attacker with many targets. The sophistication around supply chain attacks is increasing, with attackers identifying a hub where hundreds or thousands of targets can be compromised. The effort is about the same, while the impact is significantly greater.

As you look for ways to navigate these nearly constant threats, there’s a greater need for resilience policies that manage the risk and minimize the impact to operations.

Collaboration: Industry collaboration is growing in importance as companies strive to understand how attacks occur and how malicious actors are operating. This warrants a conversation around what should and shouldn’t be shared in a disclosure following a breach. You need to decide what is most relevant and helpful to share and build collaborative efforts around resilience.

In most cases, the conversation is simply that a breach has occurred; rarely would you share the findings following the breach. If cyber criminal organizations are running more like businesses, sharing information and intelligence, corporations must do the same.

Diversity and Talent: Cyber security professionals are in high demand, causing many in the industry to discuss the talent shortage and how to break down barriers that block qualified candidates from filling those roles.

One avenue is in the hiring of non-traditionally educated personnel. Many cyber security roles don’t require a specific college degree, and the training received on the job is valuable. Workers in their mid-to-late careers may have extensive knowledge and training valuable to a security team.

As the landscape of cyber security continues to change and become more complex, collaboration will be at the heart of forward-thinking solutions. At S2 Solutions, this holistic approach to technology is at the heart of what we do. Because technology never operates in a vacuum, you need solutions that solve problems in the context of your broader strategies. Contact us to learn more.