It’s no secret that the world of cybersecurity is in a state of constant development with every advancement and modification being made in technology and security. Leaders in cybersecurity face new challenges every year; it’s an industry in a constant state of flux. With all of the statistics and trend lists floating around, it makes you wonder what exactly these leaders are after?
Cybersecurity leaders want to know what is going on in this industry, as well as have the ability to detect problems and threats—preferably before they take place. Threat detection and analysis can be obtained in a few different ways. By monitoring everything, you are more likely to catch real-time threats before they take place. Once leaders have access to detect these occurrences, they gain visibility into what is going on, what may take place and when. This allows leaders to create strong and effective responses to attacks and threats. Visibility enables the ability to create balance with newly learned information.
The more visibility that is gained means access to new information that requires a lot of attention. This creates a need to prioritize and balance. Balancing newly discovered and learned information can be done by taking into consideration different risks, the ability to recover and the usability of cybersecurity resources. Taking note of what has been prioritized can influence leaders how to move forward. These 2017 priority predictions state risk assessment, automated cybersecurity tools, awareness and training have been at the top of the list this year as resources for defending against cyber threats.
There are a handful of ways to determine how to prioritize cybersecurity information. Looking at the risk reduction is important, followed by cost and timing. Cost consists mainly of resources, materials and time being used. Looking at the duration of a project or activity, the timing of the risk being an issue or the duration of the value received are all things to consider when observing timing. After these assessments have taken place, prioritizing becomes easier. Determining balance or priorities is sought after by cybersecurity leaders in order to have everything “under control” as much as possible.
One reality that cannot be ignored is the inability to fix everything. Cybersecurity leaders have to look at the overall picture and decide what really matters, because gaining control over everything is not realistic. Instead of focusing on protection and prevention, attention should be shifted to detection and response in an attempt to react appropriately to what will inevitably take place. Visibility and balance allow cybersecurity leaders to gain more control of what takes place overall within the cybersecurity industry.
What it all comes down to is response. Cybersecurity leaders are driven to learn more about what is happening and what could happen in order to have the most fitting response to any given situation. The more knowledge that is gained gives way to a broader perspective. This visibility influences what has been learned and provides more material that needs to be balanced and prioritized. This grants the authority to control what may or may not happen and to have a hand in responses and reactions.
Learn more about how you can better prepare and respond to cyberattacks from our blog.