Is your network secure right now? Have any of your PCs or mobile devices been compromised? Before you even attempt to answer these questions, you need to pause and ask yourself: Can you actually answer either of these questions with any degree of certainty? Think hard about that one—because your job may depend on it.
Operational Technology (OT) is the equipment that provides direct control and monitoring of physical equipment, in support of operations. Operational teams cover technologies that we usually consider outside the scope of IT security, examples include: Internet of Things (IoT) devices, manufacturing equipment, and Industrial Control Systems (ICS).
Saying the IT security sector is hot right now is a vast understatement. The market is growing at an incredible pace and companies are struggling to find professionals to fill seats. Unfilled seats mean increased risk and a higher chance of employee burnout due to the increased workload. Lack of talent is a real issue.
One line. Ever since the Blaster worm snaked across the Internet, the security community has known that it takes but one line of vulnerable code. Heartbleed and iOS Goto Fail made the point again last year. Both were one line mistakes. Even the Bash Shellshock vulnerability was made possible by a small number of lines of code.
Trends to Guide Your IT Risk Management Roadmap
Symantec has published their 20th Internet Security Threat Report , it’s a summary of the threat landscape over the previous 12 months, highlighting trends in vulnerabilities, breaches, and cybercrime. Additionally, new areas of focus for information security leaders and business executives are highlighted to raise awareness for the next year. You can get more details on the report and a copy of the full report here. This is an excellent report, and one that I highly recommend you take a few moments to review. Trends that stood out to me within the report include: