Ganesh Krishnan on Cyber Threats [Podcast]

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By Adam Turteltaub

The cyber landscape these days can be terrifying. Malware, ransomware, spyware, phishing, cloud-based computing and so much more are enough to keep even a compliance veteran up all night.

There are other risks to consider, too, says Ganesh Krishnan (Twitter), co-founder and CEO of Anzenna. One major issue is scalability of IT security resources. As organizations grow larger and increasingly reliant on cloud-based software providers, the size and complexity of security challenges increase. If the cybersecurity team does not grow with it, problems increase, work doesn’t get done, and vulnerabilities quickly emerge.

A second problem is the attitude the data security is the responsibility of the data security team.  He argues persuasively that it isn’t. Technology can’t solve cyber problems. The entire company has to be focused on it.

That includes the workforces, which has been labeled wrongly, he argues, the “weakest link.” Instead, organizations need to recognize that employees can be the strongest link and have to be treated accordingly. This means more frequent training and less punitive measures when things go wrong. Employees should not be fearful to come forward and report a mistake they made.

He also encourages organizations to be more open when there is an incident, sharing internally what happened and what employees can do in the future to help prevent it from reoccurring.

Listen in to learn more about how to improve your cybersecurity program.