Thursday, January 16, 2014

Road to the horizon

Road to the horizon

“Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line” (U.S. consultant Warren Bennis). It is been more than 15 days since 2014 started, a year which draws a horizon full of challenges in regards to the field of cybersecurity.

Chief Information Security Officers, commonly known as CISO, will have already checked results from last year and now they have to lead their teams towards to a smooth 2014. Surely they will face challenges such as improving risk management, improving security efficacy, streamlining security operations and, all of that, enabling business and IT flexibility.



Indeed this year comes replete with dangers. In fact, Kaspersky Lab warned about APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) attacks using Java based malware that affected three U.S. corporations, including a major oil company.

There are some other attacks that are always fashionable which are the Denial of Service (DDoS) ones. In order to prevent them, is very convenient to carry out stress tests and check how the company’s network services respond to them.

However, the vision of a threatening landscape should not only concern those who are responsible for security in business environment, but also at a government level. Note that a large percentage of government employees do not take basic security on the mobile devices they use for their work, according to a survey: one out of four do not protect their phones with any password, and half of them do not use two-step authentication or any encryption methods.

This does not mean that governments do not worry about cybersecurity. In this regard, Singapore’s authorities decided to ally with FireEye firm to keep their networks protected against possible attacks. Another deal to highlight, in a purely business sense though, is the Impermium’s acquisition by Google, an anti-spam protection startup company. Undoubtedly, in Mountain View they are looking for reinforcements on their way to the coming years’ horizon.

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