From time-to-time on this blog we like to take a moment to connect with those folks on the front lines of the cybersecurity battle, to give you a direct look into the issues they’re facing every day. Today, we sat down (virtually) with Sherry Horeanopoulos, the Information Security Officer at Fitchburg State University.
The COVID-19 pandemic is quickly changing the cybersecurity landscape. One example is the increase in cybersecurity incidents stemming from shadow IT as workers eagerly introduce new technologies and software apps to support their work from home (WFH) environments. Another effect of the pandemic is a rise in attacks against small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as cybercriminals seek to capitalize on resource-constrained businesses.
We all know that it’s hard to navigate the cybersecurity space. From tooling to services, recruiting to resource limitations, it poses many obstacles before you can even begin to combat cyber threats. With that said, if you have identified that you need help, cybersecurity-as-a-service is a great option. It allows you to overcome recruiting challenges, resource constraints and provides help on the tools you need to manage, detect and respond to cyber threats.
Selecting your cybersecurity tools and services can be overwhelming. There are so many vendors, so many tools, and so many threats. If one of your biggest problems is resourcing to help you meet all your cybersecurity requirements, then a cybersecurity-as-a-service provider can help. Security monitoring and vulnerability management are two services that when working together can help you prevent cybersecurity threats.
Managing vulnerabilities is a time-consuming task, particularly for resource constrained companies that don’t have the time, staff or sometimes expertise to investigate. With vulnerabilities caused from complexity, familiarity, connectivity, poor password management, OS flaws, software bugs, unchecked user input and people, it’s hard to keep up. But vulnerabilities can be exploited. Vulnerabilities need to be quickly detected and remediated before they can be exploited.