Every October since 2004, the National Cybersecurity Alliance has used “Cybersecurity Awareness Month” to raise awareness of cybersecurity issues and show individuals how to make themselves and their organizations more secure. With the endless stream of reports of ransomware attacks and ever-costlier breaches, we believe that, for businesses everywhere, every month should be considered Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
Mitigating risk, keeping information and data safe, and proactively securing your environment is challenging for CISOs at businesses of all sizes. According to CyberEdge’s Cyberthreat Defense Report, 85% of organizations suffered from a successful cyberattack in 2021. The ultimate responsibility for cybersecurity within an enterprise lies with the CISO, and that means staying ahead of threat actors. Deception technology is a quickly growing area of cybersecurity all CISOs and high level security professionals should be exploring to improve their organizations’ security posture this month (and beyond). Read on for a breakdown of how deception can help.
Collect Actionable Threat Intel
As we have established, risks and breaches abound. The CISO must not only mitigate risks, they must also work to simultaneously reduce the workload for their SOC team, including event management and alerting and automated complex defense responses.
This is where deception technology comes in. A deception platform provides CISOs and their teams with data that quantifies and qualifies their risk exposure, as well as detailed intelligence that informs where limited security resources should be focused. Cyber deception is uniquely positioned to provide actionable, real-time threat intelligence, which gives CISOs and their SOC teams an advantage over adversaries. All of this enables the CISO to demonstrate to the Board what is being done to improve the organization’s overall security posture.
Increase Your Cyber Resilience
A powerful mix of regulatory guidelines and the increasing probability of attackers breaching your network means the time is ripe for CISOs to explore the power of deception technology. There are significant business benefits to be leveraged through the use of such technology, including:
Ultimately for a CISO, a deception platform will vastly reduce the probability of your organization suffering a data breach, regardless of the source. It will provide you with informed data analytics that quantify and qualify your risk exposure to threat actors, and provide you with detailed intelligence on which attack surfaces and tools might be used to target your organization. These data sets will not only inform where you should be focusing your limited security resources, but also demonstrate to the board how effectively managing cyber risk, and what you’re doing to improve your organization’s overall security posture.
Should your organization need help implementing any of these steps, reach out to us today. Cyber deception fits neatly into any security stack, offering unique capabilities that can detect both breaches and internal lateral movement.
More Resources for Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Here at CounterCraft, we are official champions of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. If you are interested in getting involved, spreading the word, or learning more about cybersecurity, here are some links:
- Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): CISA is the United States-based agency dedicated to cybersecurity and defending against today’s threats to build a more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future.
- National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA): The NCSA encourages a culture of cybersecurity by building public-private alliances and empowering users at home, work, and school with the information they need to keep themselves safe and secure online. Learn more here.
- European Cybersecurity Awareness Month: The European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM) is the European Union’s annual campaign dedicated to promoting cybersecurity among EU citizens and organizations, and to providing up-to-date online security information through awareness raising and sharing of good practices
- Cybersecurity Awareness Month: This Cybersecurity Awareness Month empowers organizations and individuals to become Champions to help promote a safer, more secure, and more trusted internet.