Establishing a Proactive Cybersecurity Plan

A recent survey with Sapio Research has revealed that 73% of respondents were concerned about the size of their digital attack surface. This overwhelming reaction to the current state of cyber threats affecting organizations is based upon a single fact: remote work. Due to expansions in WFA (work-from-anywhere) labor forces and organizational cloud services, the reality of being exposed to a cyberattack has migrated from “if” to “when.”

This has ushered in a need for organizations to think more proactively about cybersecurity. According to Trend Micro researchers, 90% of IT decision makers claim their business would be willing to compromise on cybersecurity in favor of digital transformation, productivity, or other goals. Additionally, 82% have felt pressured to downplay the severity of cyber risks to their board.

As a guest on The Cyber Crime Lab Podcast, Greg Young breaks down preemptive steps organizations can take when implementing a cybersecurity risk management plan.

Q: What kind of incidents are you seeing and what kind of lessons that organizations could take from that?

Scaling all the way back from his time with Gartner, Young stresses that, when organizations are hit with a cyberattack, it doesn’t come as a surprise to members of their security team. This coincides with Trend Micro research revealing that 22% of exploits sold on cybercriminal underground are more than three years old. In fact, Young shared that “99% of the vulnerabilities exploited by the end of 2020 will continue to be ones known by security

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