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Key Tactics For Technology Leaders To Help Keep Cybersecurity Active

by Uneeb Khan
Key Tactics For Technology Leaders To Help Keep Cybersecurity Active

Chief Security Officers (CSOs), Chief Technology Officers (CTOs), Chief Information Officers (CIOs), and Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) have one thing in common; they are leadership positions in technology departments and divisions across many firms.

They have the usual responsibilities of safeguarding technological assets and physical assets for regulating and running the technology of many organizations. In case of any technological crisis, they took the front foot and resolved those issues.

A lot of tasks have to be carried out by them under the umbrella of cyber security as well as under the environment of threats to that very security. The threats that are happening are of a highly dangerous magnitude than before.

World’s first-ever case of ransomware

The first ever case of ransomware was first observed in 1989. It was then biologist Joseph L. Popp who created the AIDS Trojan and distributed it via 20,000 infected floppy disks to attendees of an AIDS conference held in 1989 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

When recipients rebooted their personal computers numerous times, the virus would encrypt their C: drives and a ransom of USD$ 189 be demanded, and sent to the PC Cyborg Corporation via a P.O Box in the central American nation of Panama.

One thing to be noted, the simple encryption method used at that time meant that back then, recovering a computer’s content was easy without having to pay the ransom.

Ransomware today – is it bad?

Today ransomware is anything, unlike its ancestor. It has become a dangerous network-based security threat bringing most companies to their knees. This is happening because they have become more complicated, and are distributed at high speed on the internet. Also, they are more distributed on private internet networks via militaristic encryption techniques.

What makes ransomware worse today is that it has now become true to its original essence. Perpetrators are now demanding a huge amount of ransom, which amounts to millions. Businesses lose USD$ 20 billion annually and will lose more than USD$ 200 billion in the next ten years if they do not counter it.

What other threats do tech leadership positions face today?

The distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks along with Man in the Middle (MitM) attacks, malware, spyware, insider threats, social engineering, password attacks, and advanced persistent threats (APTs) are the most common kinds of attacks technology leaders face nowadays.

In what ways can organizations and tech leadership positions 

Chief Security Officers, Chief Technology Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, and Chief Information Officers nowadays face challenges in making sure their organizations are secure. They are no longer relaxed because current times are making them sweat harder than before.

Experts working at a DDoS proxy protection services provider in New York City have decided to take some time out to share some expert tips for helping tech leaders improve their cybersecurity standards and making sure nothing goes out of hand:

Cyber security culture should be a top priority

A lot of tech heads face the issue of employees having limited knowledge of cyber security. This is the reason they need to be well-trained and well set, to have good knowledge, to be tested for that knowledge, and to be made aware, and employee behavior is key.

Any company desirous of having a robust digital immune system should encourage good behavior among employees in terms of cyber security. Organizational management should hold themselves accountable in this regard.

Cyber security teams need to cooperate and work together with the top brass to carry out and implement security policies that work. Those policies need to be reevaluated and tested on a routine basis to make sure everything is working in the best possible way.

Cybersecurity training programs

A security-first culture can only be realized when an organization’s employees have undergone the necessary training in cybersecurity to understand network security threats. Employees need to be trained on a routine basis to ensure their cybersecurity knowledge at multiple levels is very good and keeps them ready at all times.

Implementing a zero trust model

A well-monitored environment and a well-trained staff are key to implementing a zero-trust model with a high level of success. This helps ensure cyber defenses are strong. The zero trust model is a tactic for averting network security threats that most enterprises and governments should be using to protect their networks from hackers. Network traffic control, instrumentation, network integration with multiple vendors, and cutting-edge monitoring are among its salient features.

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