Counting down to the absolutely worst cybersecurity strategies.
Sadly, these are all prevalent in the industry. Many organizations have failed spectacularly simply because they chose to follow a long-term path that leads to disaster. You know who you are…
Let’s count them down.
No need for security, just get insurance. Transferring risk is better than mitigating it!
Famous Last Words: Sure, it should be covered
9. Audit Confidence
Conducing a comprehensive security audit. ...and ignoring the results
Famous Last Words: We will close those gaps later...
8. Best Tools, Left Unmanaged
Deploying several good tools, set to autopilot. No need to manage or maintain anything
Famous Last Words: Security is not that difficult...
7. Regulatory Compliance
Meeting the minimum requirements (defined 2 years ago)
Famous Last Words: Relax, we are compliant!
6. One Good Tool
We just need one good tool (ex. AV) and we are set.
Famous Last Words: That should do it.
5. IT Dependence
Cybersecurity is a tech problem, its IT’s responsibility.
Famous Last Words: The IT dept has it covered.
4. Security by Marketing
Believing the snake-oil (deceptive marketing) salesperson that will 'solve' your security problems
Famous Last Words: We are totally protected now! (or similar derivative from the sales brochure)
3. Default Security Settings
Products and services come with security built in!
Famous Last Words: It’s new, shiny, and looks secure. Don’t worry, we should be fine!
2. Security by Obscurity
Nobody knows or cares about us. We are too small to be targeted.
Famous Last Words: We haven't been attacked yet...
1. Hope, as a Strategy
I hope we don’t get attacked. Let’s move on with more important things.
Famous Last Words: <meek inner voice>> Just don’t think about security because it is too scary, expensive, and complex!
This is the menu that evokes anger, frustration, and pity among cybersecurity professionals around the globe. Eventually it always ends in despair, blame, and a side of tears.
A solid long-term strategic plan is a necessity for an efficient and capable cybersecurity capability. Cybersecurity fails without a proper strategy.
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