The Cyber Battleground is Inside, Not at the Perimeter

Dateline: February 3, 2017

Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend.

Executives still have the wrong focus on how to manage cybersecurity.  Recently Information Management published CEOs Reveal Cyber Naivete as Incidents Rise and Losses Mount where editor David Weldon wrote,

While CEOs remain confident that their cyber strategies are well equipped to handle the risks facing their company networks, there is a disconnect between their perception and reality, Ray Rothrock [chairman and CEO of RedSeal] noted. He cited a 2014 quote from FBI director James B. Comey said that no company is immune from attack. “There are two kinds of big companies in the United States,” Comey told 60 Minutes. “There are those who’ve been hacked… and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked.”

Yet two years later, the RedSeal study found that half of the CEOs still prioritize keeping hackers out of the network, versus just 24 percent who were concerned with building capabilities to deal with hackers who have successfully breached their network’s perimeter defenses.

“The new cyber battleground is inside the network, not at the perimeter,” said Rothrock. “Firewalls, virus detectors, and malware scans are required to keep out 99 percent of the bad guys, but the one percent who get in can cripple a firm, critical infrastructure or a government agency.”

How do your executives think about cybersecurity?  How can you help them understand that it’s more than ‘keeping the bad guys out’?

That’s a WRAP!  Have a great weekend!

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