Phishing is not going away, it’s evolving. And users? With our current span of attention (9 seconds) and email overload, there is no chance of getting all our employees to be phishing detectives. We are just humans and therefore can be manipulated.
So, we have to assume that occasionally a phishing email makes it in - now what?
Now we need to set & TEST that our internal security controls will block & tackle the ensuing calamity, which means prevent, detect and respond to any malicious steps that follow the phishing payload activation.
There is no shame in being under a ransomware attack.
The inspiration for this Cybertoon is Act III, scene I of William Shakespeare’s, The Merchant of Venice “If you prick us, do we not bleed?..... if you poison us, do we not die?"
It is the notion of the inevitable consequence - people dealing with Information Technology are forced to pay ransomware to keep their business running. They are not careless, they are not wrong, they are not weak. They are just in dire straits.
The silver lining is that new technology has presented itself that can tell you in one click if and how ransomware can hit you and what the “blast radius” would be if it does. There is hope in the form of PenTera by Pcysys.
First responders, essential workers, and soldiers are all guardians of our social fabric and way of life. They deserve our admiration and recognition for serving and protecting our well-being.
What is rapidly changing are the threats to our digital life and digitally-controlled infrastructure. If it’s digital, it’s cyber-vulnerable! We’ve already seen the regretful loss of life in hospitals that couldn’t serve critical ER patients because they were ransomware-paralyzed. The costs of being caught off-guard are higher than ever.
We think that nowadays cyber and information security workers deserve more of our appreciation for their sacrifice of being there for our businesses and governments, engaged in a form of cyber warfare, working day and night to keep our business and street lights on.