Ransomware-wielding criminals constantly refine their behavior and tactics to maximize the chance of a payday, and recently they have been implementing fresh strategies for monetizing stolen data, says Steve Rivers at threat intelligence firm Kela.
Organizations need to move away from spending money on perimeter security and instead focus on "protecting critical assets using encryption and key management," says Brad Beutlich, of Entrust. "At this point in time, the hackers cannot break encryption technologies," he adds.
Building out a threat intelligence program is no easy feat for even the largest and most resource-rich organizations, and the challenges are only amplified for smaller companies that have limited budget or personnel, according to AJ Nash, ZeroFox's vice president of threat intelligence.
"I'm concerned that at some point the Russians are going to launch cyber retaliatory attacks against the United States at election infrastructure and the transportation, financial and energy sectors," says Elvis Chan, supervisory special agent at the San Francisco Division of the FBI.
The emergence of remote working, the cloud, and digital transformation initiatives are prompting companies to look toward replacing traditional on-premises firewalls, say Perimeter 81 co-founder and CEO Amit Bareket and CMO Gily Netzer. They discuss the future of securing hybrid work environments.
Unlocking the data generated by ransomware attacks is helping organizations better understand the risks, adopt defensive technologies and prepare for future attacks, says Wade Baker, partner at Cyentia Institute. He discusses new data on how quickly organizations are remediating vulnerabilities.
The gap between cybersecurity workforce demand and the number of skilled workers available to fill those jobs widened during the pandemic. So organizations need to take a multi-pronged approach to attract, reskill and retain employees, says Vishal Salvi, CISO and head of cyber practice at Infosys.
The move to remote working has created two sets of tools, policies and personnel that are making it harder for security teams to protect the enterprise, says Airgap Networks CEO and co-founder Ritesh Agrawal. He discusses how Airgap is addressing the challenges of hybrid work.
Emerging cybersecurity guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is helping to make boards of directors more informed and more eager to discuss cyber risks and how to mitigate them, says John McClure, CISO of Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Humana Business Information Security Officer Ankit Patel says the doctors, physician assistants and leaders that he deals with on a daily basis are laser-focused on providing care to patients and consider technology and security only as it relates to providing patient care.
It was the ultimate challenge: Build a cybersecurity program from scratch. Three years later, Jeff Farinich, CISO of New American Funding, talks about the transformation, aligning security with business needs and helping raise the bar on the enterprise's security maturity.
Tired of keeping track of passwords? Recent announcements by major platform vendors Google, Apple and Microsoft could have passwords down for the count in the next six years, says Andrew Shikiar, executive director of the FIDO Alliance, which has been on a 10-year mission to eliminate passwords.
Rich Lindberg, CISO of JAMS, didn't set out to have a career in cybersecurity. Instead, he sought to make a living at what he enjoyed - programming. "I embraced fun," he says. Now he wants to help others do the same by growing the diversity of the industry workforce.
To excel at cybersecurity incident response, start with planning, preparation and, ideally, regular tabletop exercises, say Kevin Li, CISO for MUFG Securities Americas, and Rocco Grillo, managing director of Alvarez & Marsal's Disputes and Investigations Global Cyber Risk Services practice.
Modern applications and architectures are permeating more deeply into organizations to transform back-office functions as well as those that directly affect the customer experience, according to Kara Sprague, F5's executive vice president and general manager of application delivery.