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Lack Of Funding Stymies State CISOs
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securityartist
securityartist,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/20/2016 | 8:57:32 PM
I am tired of flawed research on the topic of cybersecurity...
Personally, I think this research is flawed. Ask a CISO and they will complain they are not getting enough budget. Ask a CFO they will claim they are spending too much. This prepetuates the blame  culture we are stuck in which is making the idustry stagnate whilst cybercriminals gain an edge.

 

I see two problems at play here:

 

CISOs don't know how to measure the return on investment existing security controls are providing, hence they are not able to articulate the value

 

CISOs are likely not getting the best value out of some investments - not utilising all of the features; purchase was made on a whim raher than rooted in solid discussiosn around risk; etc.

 

To actually make a difference in the cybersecurity industry, perhaps CISOs should try changing the way they think about the problem:

 

Move beyond the notion of security and even regulatory compliance (PCI-DSS is good but limited). Even ISO 27001, NIST and other frmaeworks have their flaws. Also forget about the kill chain. It describes only a subset of today's attacks. 

 

Start thinking along these lines. Every devastating impact, be it operational, physical, personal, legal, reputational, financial, or a combination of these we suffer because of cyber crime happens because:

 

We failed to identify and remediate vulnerabilities in our critical assets;

 

We failed to predict and prevent threats that took exploited those vulnerabilities;

 

We failed to detect and respond to the attack that manifested from a threat;

 

We failed to confirm and recover from a breach in a timely and coordinated fashion.

 

Translate this into the requirement for a shift in mindset and culture from security or compliance to a healthy dose of:

 

1. asset management (asset identification and classification)

2. vulnerability management (vulnerability identification and remediation)

3.  threat management (threat prediction and prevention)

4. incident management (attack detection and response)

5. continuity management (breach confirmation and recovery)

6. crisis management (impact reduction, acceptance, avoidance and transfer)

 

I call this "cyber resilience" and, yes, it actually works to reduce the rate and cost of cybercrime.

 
jcavery
jcavery,
User Rank: Moderator
9/21/2016 | 10:25:07 AM
Re: I am tired of flawed research on the topic of cybersecurity...
Hackers don't have budget constraints, Hackers don't have to follow strict laws, guidelines or industry standards. Hackers don't have to waste any energy worrying about any of these things. This will never be an even field to be on
securityartist
securityartist,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/21/2016 | 6:12:45 PM
Re: I am tired of flawed research on the topic of cybersecurity...
I agree; it will never be an even playing field; but at the rate we are moving now... we are not one step behind; but several.

 

The aim is not to win every battle; but the aim is to win the war.

 

It is true, that we can prevent 499 threats and miss one and we are seen as failures - but that is because we are looking at the world through a security lens - security is a binary state. Security is about prevent threats. Nobody ever refers to a bank vault as beings ecure once it has been broken into; nor would a prison that is broken out of be considered secure. By changing our thinking to resilience whereby we do our best and if we miss we engage is a swift recovery exercise, then we have the ability to bounce back.

 

At least we get five shots at winning a battle:

 

(1) exercising good vulnerability management when vulnerabilities are discovered

(2) practising good threat management when threats are imminent

(3) having good incident management when attacks are in progress

(4) having good continuity management to recover from the more serious incidents - breaches

(5) having good crisis management to reduce the impacts of a breach

 

 
uberestimate
uberestimate,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/22/2016 | 7:11:44 AM
Microsoft Support
I totally agree with you. Buy the way you provided a really well research data. 

Thanks. 
uberestimate
uberestimate,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/22/2016 | 7:14:08 AM
Microsoft Support
I totally agree with other and hacker try to hack other private data without much investment. By the way thanks for sharing such a nice article with us. 
Whoopty
Whoopty,
User Rank: Ninja
9/26/2016 | 7:38:33 AM
Re: I am tired of flawed research on the topic of cybersecurity...
If every company employed at least steps 1-3 here, I think we'd all be a lot safer, but as is evidenced by the Yahoo hack and mayn countless others over the past couple of years, most companies barely even implement the first. 


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