Due to the lack of cybersecurity skills, many companies are prone to experiencing network breaches. According to a recent survey, over 80% of organizations have experienced at least one breach caused by the lack of skills in their workforce. Security leaders must first identify this year’s best practices that are most critical to their organization’s cybersecurity to train their employees effectively. This will allow them to prepare their workforce for the most significant threats that may arise.
Although the skills related to application security weren’t the most sought-after cybersecurity credentials, they were still the most frequently earned in various domains. This shows how vital these skills are to today’s organizations. The average large organization uses over 130 apps on its networks. Malicious actors could exploit every single one of these to launch attacks. Cybersecurity professionals must have the necessary skills to build, maintain, and implement secure applications.
Access and Identity Management
One of the most effective ways to prevent organizations from experiencing network breaches is by implementing a robust identity and access strategy. This strategy can help prevent unauthorized access to the organization’s networks. It can be done through multiple methods, such as multi-factor authentication and password authentication.
As organizations adopt digital transformation, they’re also turning to the cloud to run their various business functions. However, some risks come with using the cloud. One of these is the need for more skilled individuals to manage the security of their cloud. Most cloud security breaches are caused by human mistakes instead of service provider errors. Having the proper skills to manage the security of their cloud is the key to preventing these types of incidents.
Secure Network Maintenance
The design of a secure network is also related to the attack surface management strategy. Building those networks is very important when it comes to closing vulnerabilities in an organization’s network. With the right skills in secure network architecture, cybersecurity professionals can design and implement effective strategies to protect today’s interconnected networks.
Attack Surface Management
The number of devices and resources an organization uses on its networks has increased significantly. As a result, more vulnerabilities in an organization’s attack surface than ever before. According to experts, security leaders should consider adopting a more holistic approach to managing their networks.
Attack surface management is a cybersecurity discipline that focuses on identifying, preventing, and assessing attacks before they can occur. It requires professional knowledge and skills to secure an organization’s attack surfaces.
ABOUT RON NAVARRETA
Ron Navarreta is a security and crime expert with almost 30 years of experience in the industry. He holds a Bachelor’s degree, as well as a Master’s in Corporate Security Management. Prior to working in the private security industry, Ron spent the majority of his career in law enforcement. As a young boy, he’d always dreamt of a career in the field, as offices and the traditional 9 to 5 never appealed to him.
When his dreams became a reality, Ron relished in the thought that he was a part of something bigger—an entity whose sole purpose is to give people a sense of security. Always a people-person, he loved constantly being around others and the dynamic nature of teamwork. After decades in law enforcement, Ron decided it was time for a change.
In 2015, Ron Navarreta joined the private sector and began his career in private security, working as a consultant, leading security teams, conducting security assessments, and managing client relationships. Ron soon realized that the teamwork component inherent in law enforcement precincts was also present in private sector security, so he found the transition easy.
Ron also found his career transition rewarding. Unfortunately, the current state of the world demands that critical infrastructure, private business, and the people within these institutions must be—and feel—protected. The perceived absence of security can demoralize individuals to the point that it harms productivity. Unplanned time off caused by fear and feelings of being unappreciated can be toxic to operations. Fortunately, a robust corporate security plan can mitigate such a negative impact, which Ron finds immensely rewarding as a security professional.
About the Creator
Ron Navarreta is a security operations specialist in the critical infrastructure space and an ASIS International board-certified security expert (CPP®) with experience law enforcement and private sector safety and security experience.