GrayMatter Cybersecurity Lead Scott Christensen talked with Sid Snitkin, ARC’s VP of Cybersecurity Services, at the 2020 ARC Industry Forum about the most pressing cyber threats in 2020, how companies are protecting assets at the edge and why it’s important to look at cybersecurity as enabler, rather than a disabler.
Scott: “It’s an interesting dynamic.
There’s a heavy investment in cybersecurity on the IT side of the house, where a lot of the cost center is…but we don’t seem to focus as much on protecting the assets that generate our revenue. We’re seeing people starting to realize that.
There’s been a transition to develop maturity onto the OT side of the house. A few years ago, OT wasn’t even coined as a phrase.”
Scott: “Cybersecurity is moving away from being an disabler, where we say, ‘I don’t allow you to do things,’ to enabling you to do it in a risk-averse way.
A lot of the things we’re doing is allowing them to get the analytics they need, the data they need, the valuable efficiencies, but doing it in a secure way.
Making sure we’re transmitting data in the right way and enabling the digital transformation that our companies are going through.”
Scott: “We’re seeing ransomware affect both sides of the house. It’s no longer an OT problem or an IT problem. It’s across the board, and it doesn’t care what it’s encrypting; it just wants to encrypt everything.
We’re also starting to see a lot more of unintentional, internal threat actors. People not following best practices about shared passwords, Post-It notes with passwords on the console, and things like that.
One of the first things we do during a risk assessment is look for passwords on white boards and sticky notes. It’s the most common way exposures happen.”
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