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In Cybersecurity, Language Is a Source of Misunderstandings
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Matt_Carlson
Matt_Carlson,
User Rank: Apprentice
3/6/2017 | 1:54:23 AM
Re: Words matter, but ACTIONS matter more
You would think that when it comes to the language of coding that everything would be easily understood. But of course, there will always be some misunderstanding here and there if people don't put notes in their coding! Happens a number of times even with SEO coding too. It's really important that whatever you do that has anything to do with digital media is clearly outlined for people to understand what you're doing.
orenfalkowitz
orenfalkowitz,
User Rank: Strategist
2/27/2017 | 7:49:28 PM
Words matter, but ACTIONS matter more
I agree that there is a language problem in the cybersecurity industry. Security professionals are too focused on nuances and the minutia in security incident distinctions rather than meanignful distinctions in outcomes.

Take for example "phishing".  It is the root cause in 97% of all cybersecurity incidents but I worry that there are so many words being used to describe phishing that users are confused. And further, focusing on the payloads and effects like ransomware don't help user focus on the important problems they should be dolving. After all 99% of ransomware is delivered via phishing.  

Focusing on terminology is important, but it's an excercise that is best left to military strategists.  Companys and individuals need to focus their cybersecurity approach on actions at a point where the outcomes are chagned and actions that can be measured. 


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