Cyber criminals pose a great threat to companies and individuals. But it’s not just criminals. Well-meaning and careless users alike also put data at risk. The knee-jerk reaction is to build a taller wall. Time passes, but before you know it, you’ve been hit by a “taller ladder” (a smarter adversary), and they’re in. If you’ve planned right, you learn of the breach quickly. It’s more likely, however, that someone else will notify you. By then, credit cards, SSNs, or medical data have already left the network. It’s a bad day when the FBI or Secret Service is sitting in your office.
Making things “more secure” but getting breached anyway is a non-stop cycle. Something has to change. Is it a better firewall or a more stringent policy? A faster IPS? A smarter SIM? A new desktop security suite? It’s been done. And as the saying goes, doing the same things over and over again, expecting different results is the definition of insanity.
UberSecure. It begins by changing our assumptions of what it means to be secure, why we should be secure, and a more thoughtful approach to keeping what we value safe. We won’t solve any of our security problems by using the same type of thinking that got us in trouble in the first place.
If you’re constantly reacting, fighting daily fires, and you never catch your breath, there’s a good chance you’re too stressed, discouraged, or tired to use the greatest tool in your arsenal — your brain. Cyber-criminals and other digital miscreants are thinking hard. They know what they want and are intentional about getting it. They’re innovative and they’re winning.
Just being “secure” isn’t enough — it’s time to get ubersecure.