Rethinking Cybersecurity

While some relate the current efforts against hackers as a war, according to the former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber Chief, cybersecurity is more about the risk involved. The main thing to realize when fighting the battle against cyber attackers is that not all risk can be eliminated. And while not all risks can be avoided, risk management should be the guiding principal behind efforts to stymie attempts by hackers to infiltrate vital corporate and governmental infrastructure, according to

Situational awareness is one of the main proponents of risk management, and top of mind should be establishing a central channel of communication that brings the best information available into the hands of the decision makers, where it can really make a difference. It is the leadership of the company who must show the way and let their employees know the importance of cybersecurity to the company as a whole.

One of the problems with a cyber threat is that, for the most part, they are not tangible threats, and so are not usually taken as seriously as they should be by businesses. And while, initially, heading off a potential cyber attack might seem an insurmountable task, eventually, with enough focus on such attacks and upon taking the necessary steps to become prepared against such attacks, management will make enormous headway in this crucial area.

One area of serious consequence that seems to be on the rise in online theft is the loss of intellectual property, which can have a far-reaching impact on a company’s ability to do business. By working together with government agencies, such as the DHS’ National Coordination Center, companies can determine where security gaps lie and set goals to combat the next generation of hackers.

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