Danger ahead? Probably
Danger ahead for Cybersecurity? Of course!
Ransomware, Password cracking, DDOS, brute force, social engineering, employee theft, supply chain attacks, all still the favor of the moment. Even with policy, process, and procedures, cyber attacks will continue to happen and probably get to be more impactful.
A bit of history, in 1940’s during World War II, the German’s placed several spies near the docks in New York harbor. They reported back all ship movements and cargo. After losing several ships, the US Navy and the OSS came up with a interesting ideal, “partner with someone that knows how to stop the problem”.
Hence, Naval Intelligence as the story goes, “partnered with the New York mafia and asked for their help to stop the ships from me sunk.”. In the end“Lucky Luciano and his associates were moved to much friendly place to live while serving time”.
Meaning in the modern day? “Partnerships”. Yes, partnership make the problem less of an issue over time. Not just partnerships between vendors. True partnership goes beyond a technology and capability. The partnership has been seen as a “joint benefit” to all partners in order to seek a end solution gain. Companies invest in technology that should align with their overall strategy, yet companies lose sight of the bigger problem; operations and accountability.
Outsourcing is one partnership that helps bring scale to the equation of security operations. Managed Services should be partnering with outsourced providers instead of doing everything themselves is a formula for success. Outsourced provider own the responsibility of training, recruiting, and supporting the actually security personal and process, while the service provider owns the management, upkeep, and overall strategy platform direction. Both keep each other in check and accountable for their side of the cyber operations equation. One, in sense could not live without the other. (Similar to Naval intelligence and the Mafia).
Two rival companies partnering instead of competing could be a better way forward for clients to get ahead of the hacking problems.