In today's digital age, the role of a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) has dramatically evolved. Beyond technical expertise, a CISO's responsibilities now encompass leadership, strategic planning, and effective communication with both technical and non-technical stakeholders. Measuring the success of a CISO can be challenging given the multifaceted and ever-evolving nature of cybersecurity.
In the past, CISOs were responsible for protecting the organization’s computer systems, networks, and data. However, with the increase of cyber threats and the ever-changing landscape of technology, the role of a CISO has had to evolve. Now, CISOs are responsible for protecting the entire organization, not just the computer systems. They are also responsible for helping the organization to be more secure and resilient, and for protecting it from cyber threats.
Ransomware attacks are no longer just about encrypting data. They've morphed into a more sinister strategy: stealing data from substantial companies and then hanging the threat of its public release over their heads unless a hefty ransom is settled. More often than not, these criminals demand payment in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.
While exploring the security aspects of ManageEngine ADAudit Plus, I discovered a security vulnerability (CVE-2023-32783) that may have far-reaching implications for other product users. These findings indicate that ADAudit Plus contains a vulnerability allowing Windows user accounts to remain completely undetected by ADAudit Plus.
In the digital age, we've seen a steady evolution of threats, but none perhaps as chilling as the rise of deep fake voices and videos. The ability to mimic someone's voice and use it for malicious intent—from convincing others to take potentially dangerous actions, to fraudulent payments, or even opening security gaps—is a threat too severe to overlook. So, how do we safeguard ourselves in a landscape where our ears can't always be trusted? Enter the challenge response phrase or word.
Today, I joined a panel at Austin Startup Week to discuss "How Unsupervised Neural Networking Roots Out Insider Threats." The conversation, took place at the Capital Factory here in Austin, Texas—an ideal setting for a forward-thinking cybersecurity discussion.
Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as fitness trackers and home security cameras are growing in popularity, but many people don’t realize that these devices can also be used to attack critical infrastructure. In 2017, a group of hackers used IoT devices to launch a massive attack on the internet infrastructure provider Dyn, and they were only able to do this because they were able to exploit devices that were using default passwords.
Steve Jobs agreed with the famous principle, “A-level people hire level A people, B-level people hire C-level people.” So Apple searches for A-players for crucial roles within their organization, and with good reason.
The culture of an organization is a fusion of shared beliefs, core values, and practices that dictate the interactions between employees and management. It mirrors the characteristics of its members. As a leader, nurturing and maintaining your organization's culture should be paramount.