Jen Q. Public: Taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity

Digital Marketing Lead, Public Services Sector, IBM Analytics

27 August 2015, 12:40 a.m.

Dear diary,

Management announced today that the security breach at our offices a few weeks ago caused more damage than what was originally thought. Moreover, the breach may have started even long before August 6. With so many breaches occurring, we need to counter and mitigate these attacks. However, I’m not certain that the team of men in black that marched into the office today represents the right approach.

I am really worried about our world today. We’ve seemingly given the keys to cyber attackers, shared our security codes and told them exactly where to find the security cameras. At least it seems that way, considering that the threat actors who committed the Office of Personnel Management breach were reportedly in the system undetected for a year, tampering with the records of 4.2 million people. And just look at the havoc resulting from the recent Ashley Madison breach.

Sitting in my office today, looking at the superficial security we have to protect company and customer data, I know we are not doing enough. Governments and corporations alike need to utilize all the data at their disposal to uncover and connect the clues to identify who these attackers are and understand what are their motivations, so that we can stem these attacks. Cyber criminals have the advantage right now. We need to take a proactive approach to cyber threats with intelligence analysis.

Until next time,

Jen Q.