Shoving Money Down Security’s Bottomless Pit

No matter how much money we shove into security, it never seems to fill up. That’s good for vendors. Not so good for buyers of security who don’t have a bottomless pit of money to fill the bottomless pit of security.

This show, like all the previous ones is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), founder of Spark Media Solutions and Mike Johnson, CISO of Lyft. Our return guest this week is Allan Alford, CISO at Mitel.

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On this episode

How CISOs are digesting the latest security news

Wayne Rash of eWEEK wrote a piece on what to expect in cybersecurity in 2019. Most of the stuff is more of the same, such as nation state attacks, ransomware, phishing, and assume you’re going to get attacked. But, he did bring up some issues that don’t get nearly as much discussion. One was cryptomining which is hijacking your cloud instances, encrypting ALL data, moving away from usernames/passwords, and getting a third-party audit. So what’s on CISOs’ radar in 2019

Why is everybody talking about this now?

Dutch Schwartz of Forcepoint brought up the issue of collaboration. This is not a new topic and we all know that if we don’t share information the attackers who do share information will always have leverage. There are obvious privacy and competitive reasons why companies don’t share information, but I proposed that if the industry believes collaboration is so important, then it should be a requirement (think GDPR) or we should build incentives (think energy incentives) with a time limit. Is this the right approach? Is the collaboration we’re doing already enough?

What’s Worse?!

We play yet another round on an issue that really annoys my co-host.

What’s a CISO to do?

Thom Langford, CISO of Publicis Groupe, said that cybersecurity should be seen as a long term campaign. And if you keep at it, you will see results. Think anti-smoking or seat belt campaigns. Yet we see more and more companies treating security as a one-off project and not looking at dealing with it in the long term. Could this be more a problem of how we view security in the media?

Ask a CISO

Brijesh Singh, Inspector General of Police, Cyber at Government of Maharashtra said, “A young student asked me a very basic question, isn’t Cybersecurity just a branch of IT? Why should it be treated separately?” It’s an awesome question that resulted in a flurry of responses. Is there a difference?

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