Readers Speak: Heads up on cybersecurity
Originally published by: Green Sheet | Jan. 10, 2022
The following is excerpted from insights Jeffrey J. Engle, chairman and president at Conquest Cyber, sent to emphasize the critical need to secure our infrastructure.
“If you’re waiting for a cybersecurity 9/11 or a ransomware Pearl Harbor to punch us in the gut, wake up. The equivalent has already happened. More than one, in fact. Maybe SolarWinds and Colonial Pipeline didn’t have the devastating visuals of those other American tragedies. But they exposed deep vulnerabilities in how we run our world and live our lives. We’ve allowed foes to infiltrate our infrastructure and stay there, undetected. And our response? We issue fines.
“However, if we give the problem our full attention and the right level of risk management, we can mitigate the worst impacts—or stop attacks altogether. So, where do we start?
“First, this requires a World War II-level of mobilization: either you’re in the fight, or you support the fight. Second, our critical assets like government agencies, the power grid, hospitals, banks, the defense industrial base, and other infrastructure and industries need to ask themselves: What’s on your network? What assets are supposed to be connected? Who’s on your network? Is everyone working remotely supposed to be there? What data are you trying to protect? These are the most basic elements of cyber hygiene.
“Third, we need to shift people’s mindset to solve problems with a risk-based approach. Too many decision-makers stick to the way they’ve always done it. Too many institutions choose the probability of a fine over the cost of change, even though it’s much more costly to recover from an incident than prevent one.
“Achieving constant cybersecurity effectiveness, not just compliance, is eminently doable. You must pick up new habits and ditch old ones. We need to start now, because the attacks won’t stop. Let’s not wait to take action until something worse happens.”
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About Conquest Cyber
CONQUEST is the premier cyber resiliency software platform – enabling an ecosystem of partners and customers across critical sectors to defend against threats, get resilient and enable the US to gain a competitive edge in the battle for cyber supremacy.
Originally founded in 2008, Conquest Cyber took off under the leadership of Jeffrey J. Engle, a retired Special Operations combat veteran and highly regarded expert in adaptive risk management for critical infrastructure. We have an office in Miramar, FL and our Headquarters is in Nashville, TN.
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