Organizations must focus on securing accounts, the access and permissions across systems
Present IT Landscape
Events from last year have forced organizations to rethink and redesign existing business models. The global remote-work experiment has accelerated trends that already existed in the world of IT and brought both the physical and digital worlds closer for efficiency and efficacy. At the same time, this convergence has also expanded the attack surface, especially in the industrial sector. The same bad actors that were going after our computers, phones and tablets now have a way of reaching mission and safety-critical environments by targeting industrial control systems. This complex, sensitive and expanded attack surface is what more and more security teams and CISOs are tasked with managing.
IT and OT teams must find common ground that together eliminates the substantial risk factors which planned or unintended IT/OT convergence heralds. This means that a great deal of effort needs to be expended towards tracking assets and monitoring the network for indicators of compromise and vulnerabilities. Stopping this type of attack requires the ability to understand the complete attack surface and 'see' the attack.
Cyber risk is a business risk in that cyber threats have the potential to cost organizations millions of dollars in cleanup, lost business and reputational damage. To stay a step ahead, organizations need to get the basics of cyber hygiene right. They need to take a holistic view of their infrastructure by identifying assets and systems critical to the business, determining which vulnerabilities exist within these core areas that are being actively exploited and updating these systems to fix those flaws first. In tandem, the focus must also be placed on securing accounts -- employees, service contractors, temporary workers, systems accounts and others -- and their access to and permissions across systems.
Country Manager, Tenable India
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