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CISO, Respect!

A lot of respect and appreciation is due to today’s medical staff, there’s no doubt. But I would argue that we owe just as much to the cybersecurity teams keeping our businesses, economy, and in a sense, our livelihood, protected.

I call them Corporate Patriots™ - and they deserve our appreciation, gratitude, and respect during these hard times. The CISO’s role is one of the most difficult ones in the world. It’s a job for survivors.

During these pandemic days, the gap between the CISOs’ tasks and the means they have to perform them is reaching an all-time high. More attacks and more attack surfaces, with less budget and less staff. When you pile on the WFH challenges, I believe we can agree that this Cybertoon is actually an understatement of their realities.

  

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A lot of respect and appreciation is due to today’s medical staff, there’s no doubt. But I would argue that we owe just as much to the cybersecurity teams keeping our businesses, economy, and in a sense, our livelihood, protected.

I call them Corporate Patriots™ - and they deserve our appreciation, gratitude, and respect during these hard times. The CISO’s role is one of the most difficult ones in the world. It’s a job for survivors.

During these pandemic days, the gap between the CISOs’ tasks and the means they have to perform them is reaching an all-time high. More attacks and more attack surfaces, with less budget and less staff. When you pile on the WFH challenges, I believe we can agree that this Cybertoon is actually an understatement of their realities.

  

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May 14

The Attack Surface is Swelling

Millions of self-quarantined employees are as productive as ever with extended and scaled Zoom and VPNs. However, it’s too soon to announce ‘business as usual’ without addressing the additional attack surface gained as a result. This is increasingly true in the case of combined home-work computers.

Corporate firewall and anti-phishing security controls rarely apply, home routers are ungoverned, browsers hold sensitive passwords and kids and adults alike are being targeted with phishing campaigns daily through email and sites. A possible outcome is that the VPN is transformed, by an "owned" computer, into a magical back door to the organizational network. 

The most important thing to do is to test and test again - to determine and prioritize the controls required to harden the dwelling workforce environment.

  
Pcysys - Attack Surface is Swelling

Millions of self-quarantined employees are as productive as ever with extended and scaled Zoom and VPNs. However, it’s too soon to announce ‘business as usual’ without addressing the additional attack surface gained as a result. This is increasingly true in the case of combined home-work computers.

Corporate firewall and anti-phishing security controls rarely apply, home routers are ungoverned, browsers hold sensitive passwords and kids and adults alike are being targeted with phishing campaigns daily through email and sites. A possible outcome is that the VPN is transformed, by an "owned" computer, into a magical back door to the organizational network. 

The most important thing to do is to test and test again - to determine and prioritize the controls required to harden the dwelling workforce environment.

  
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