On the 18th and 19th of September, join SecureWorks at Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit 2017 where Don Smith, director of SecureWorks Cyber Intelligence Cell (CIC) will present on ‘Aperture, Threats, Health and Cleanliness: Breaking the cycle of failure in cyber security’.
The event will be held at InterContinental London - The O2, Waterview Drive, London SE10 0TW, United Kingdom.
One of the biggest challenges for businesses today is to reap the full benefits of their digital assets and infrastructure while remaining secure in the face of ever growing and mutating cyber threats. Gartner’s Security & Risk Management Summit 2017 will explore both proven practices and innovative technologies and methods to help manage increasing cybersecurity risks without unnecessarily inhibiting business operation and success.
One of the fundamental bulwarks against cyber attacks is effective network defence. However in order for defence to be effective, organisations must have visibility. In his presentation Don will argue that, in a world where security attacks, whether commodity such as ransomware or targeted like IP theft, are coming hard and fast every single day, visibility is essential for a successful cybersecurity posture.
Using examples of real world attacks to illustrate the importance of visibility, he’ll show that a strong, proactive defence against cyber threats is only possible through the exponential visibility created by a network of connected client data. Only that level of visibility truly illuminates the threat landscape, bringing protection from current threats, alerting to threats on the horizon, and empowering fast, targeted action.
However, there’s another side to visibility that’s important. Of course, your organisation needs external visibility to identify potential threats. But to benefit from this you also need internal visibility, a clear and unimpeded view of your security posture. That requires both a high-level view of your critical data assets and processes and an understanding of where they sit, whether they are vulnerable and of the control frameworks you are currently using to protect them. Furthermore, you also need to understand what drives the business and what the risks to the business are, for it is this that will obtain board level buy in for your security strategy.
Without that data-centric approach to start with, you’ll be looking for threats in all the wrong places. If you don’t have a clear view of what it’s important to protect then you cannot judge what to protect it from or tell if you are being successful in protecting it. And just as importantly, you won’t be able to tell whether your investment in controls is correctly targeted.
The presentation looks at how to use visibility of the threat to your advantage, for example in evaluating the effectiveness of your security controls. With the right sort of visibility, you may find that you don’t need further expenditure on security technologies. The presentation will also examine the related concept of aperture – Don will discuss what this means and how it determines success and failure. And he’ll also look at the important role of threat intelligence in enhancing visibility.
Fundamentally, visibility is power – the power to move quickly and decisively to protect your data, your communications and most importantly, your customers’ trust. Because you can’t defend against what you can’t see.
Book today to make sure you don’t miss Don’s presentation, which will take place on September 19th at 12.00pm