Securing Cyberspace: Agile Strategy to Counter Changing Threats
Cybersecurity, managing and protecting computer systems from attacks, is evolving just as quickly as the techniques hackers use to cause damage. Historically, the public and private sectors believed that stronger technology and more advanced computer systems alone were enough to prevent attacks. As new trends emerge and the technologies used to both conduct and prevent hackings improve, cybersecurity strategies must remain agile, trying new tactics to counter changing threats.
The cybersecurity professional of tomorrow must have a wide range of skills, from knowledge of information technology (IT) infrastructure and technical management frameworks such as Technology Business Management (TBM) to strong communication skills and knowledge of behavioral science, risk management, and the ability to strategically plan for and predict new trends. Consultants who bring training in strategic planning, design, risk management, and consumer-centric communications can bring an agile strategy and emerging tactics to counter threats. A compelling cybersecurity must not only reflect strong technical capability, but the critical management discipline behind it. It must also include experimenting with and formally adopting or discarding tactics to prevent cyber attacks.
Across an enterprise, infrastructure systems are only as strong as their weakest link, which is often the everyday user. Hackers are becoming increasingly convincing, disguising threats as friendly emails or important links from colleagues. As Federal agencies develop Strategic Cybersecurity Plans, incorporating behavioral science techniques to these everyday users can help prevent cyber attacks. Small nudges, such as sharing hacking stories from colleagues who failed to install two-factor authentication, can influence behavior that improves the agencies’ cybersecurity. Automated system reminders to look for insider threats or remind users to change passwords can also help. Strategic communication and branding can also prevent attacks, as a consistent, signature look and feel for all communications can make phishing emails appear dissimilar and easier to identify.
In 2018, the Government and the private sector witnessed the devastating effects of cyberattacks on consumers and the economy. The new year points to renewed interest in integrated cybersecurity capabilities, bringing together Government, private sector, and academia to build a well-equipped cyber workforce. I predict these industries will continue to look beyond the firewall and into the consulting field for innovation and expertise on broad cyber strategies.
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