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A recent cross-functional leadership discussion turned to Cybersecurity Awareness Month, with no prompting from me. It wasn’t even on the agenda. I was happy (and surprised) to be given a few minutes to highlight our activities, solicit executive-level feedback, and answer questions.
As cyber professionals, we’re always eager to teach others the dance of our people.
One thoughtful observation, in particular — from a member of the Commercial team — really stuck with me.
“Those of us not in IT or engineering feel left in the dark about cybersecurity. We read the news, and of course it’s front of mind with our customers and partners — but to us, it’s almost like some sort of wizard…
These are certainly interesting and very turbulent times.
The COVID-19 outbreak, and the actions taken by public and private entities to reduce its impact are, in many cases, unprecedented.
This is certainly true in the cybersecurity arena, where a (necessary) surge in telecommuting and remote work is expanding the logical and physical perimeters of almost every organization.
To complicate the challenge, spamsters and cyber criminals are pressing harder than ever to take advantage of the chaos for their own gain. Phishing attacks, online charity scams, even illicit door-to-door solicitation are all on the rise.
Many companies are being forced to re-evaluate and refresh their remote work policies (for those that have them, anyway) as a result of current global events, and they’re sending out reminders to their staff about following the rules. …
There’s the cybersecurity world that is presented in the news — breaches, malware, nation states stealing our most valuable secrets — sensationalized and hopeless.
Then there’s the cybersecurity world that we in the industry see every day — the view from the trenches, if you will. A world that’s much less hopeless, much less sensational, but just as dynamic (and a lot of fun, to be honest).
The running joke is that a cybersecurity engineer isn’t happy if he’s not bitching. …
The Internet is growing up. So are you. And you’re ready to get out there and break it. You’re going to be an influencer, a digital brand expert, a social media marketing guru. The first brand you’re going to build, you’ve decided, is yours.
Welcome to the fray.
You’re diving into an $8B market, chock full of people just like you who have decided to make being themselves (or whoever their sponsors pay them to be) their full-time gig. You’re voluntarily (and ambitiously) exposing yourself — or at least what the marketeers deem your most valuable parts to be — to the world (and perhaps the highest bidder?). There are over 1 billion users (potential fans!) …
America’s latest favorite pastime is (apparently) the demonization of social media, and our War on Cool Technology.
What’s old is apparently new again, as we complain ON social media, ABOUT social media, lamenting the future of humanity as the evil companies we once hailed as visionaries continue to pick apart our privacy and — dare we say our liberty and way of life — piece by piece.
We launched the same angry salvos at the oil companies, the big banks, and reality TV. …