Our cyber security products span from our next gen SIEM used in the most secure government and critical infrastructure environments, to automated cyber risk reporting applications for commercial and government organisations of all sizes.
No one can deny that cyber security professionals are in high demand. Mounting pressure to fill large numbers of vacancies in the industry is seeing under-qualified and inexperienced candidates landing well-paid jobs because no one else is available. In parallel, a rise in demand for cyber security training is seeing people from all walks of life retraining to secure positions in the sector; some with little or no experience. These scenarios will cause serious problems for our industry in the future as we seek to match wits with our cyber adversaries.
Meanwhile another revolution is underway, one that will see many professions re-engineered over the next few years. Even medicine and the law will not be immune as the development of sophisticated software systems, incorporating automation, artificial intelligence, behavioural analysis and data mining will change the way we work.
Bots will, if not replace, certainly change the role of your medical general practitioners, your financial advisors, and even your accountant. Cyber security professionals will not be immune from these changes. So, the compounding factors of skills shortages and workflow automation need to be contemplated as we strategically review how organisations can successfully deliver Information Security Management Systems into the future.
Interestingly, many cyber security professionals who get their first taste of the industry in a SOC (Security Operations Centre) leave within the first 12 months. Entry-level roles, especially junior members of the SOC team, work long shifts staring at screens filled with alerts, sifting through tedious lists of false positives, constantly on the alert for that one signal that indicates a real attack. It is an incredibly demanding job, constantly on the alert, but boring too; often doing little more than manually investigating and ploughing through the endless lists of priority security alerts looking for needles in a haystack.
Automated Threat Verification (ATV) is technique designed to improve the quality of machine decision making and remove some of the manual overload to make the analyst’s job easier. By verifying the nature of a threat, as real or otherwise, ATV allows analysts to focus on higher-value activities, that include strategic tuning log sources, developing original correlation rules to better identify IOCs and initiate proactive threat hunting. Humans must maintain oversight of the Observation, Orientate, Decision and Act loop (OODA Loop), but their insights and skills are most effectively used in the decision and act processes. Machines can do much of the preliminary investigation.
Just as the symptoms of a disease will soon be diagnosed by medical software; so too algorithms will be a key part of the initial collation, investigation and analysis of cyber threats. Whether in medicine or cyber security the decision and action (care) processes that result from these initial diagnoses will, certainly, remain the responsibility of professional responders and analysts whose insights and problem-solving skills can provide an appropriate level of oversight over the Incident Management Process. Equally, as diagnosis and decision-making technologies improve cyber security’s ability to automatically respond to increasing numbers of threats will undoubtedly increase.
We are already seeing the first of these technologies that can process the most tedious manual activities of SOC analysts highly effectively presenting security outcomes to that can then be authorised and acted upon. the Some even undertake many of the initial stages of incident management including response, threat management, verification and quarantining functions that are implicit in the OODA loop. But, for now, cyber security still requires skilled humans, to interpret and match the capabilities of largely human attackers.
To remain in control of cyber risk, cyber security professionals need to enhance their capabilities in leadership, communications and “process improvement” as these areas converge towards the successful management of autonomous operational processes. Stakeholder management is vital. Security architecture will require design thinking and problem-solving skills to help businesses maintain cyber resilience. Business will continue to need problem solvers that can anticipate security weaknesses and know how to automate workflows to assist them to protect and respond against attackers seeking to compromise their businesses.
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Supply chain risk is an area of cyber security that demands the ongoing attention of every enterprise; because it can make the difference between being resilient or not. It’s no surprise that insurers warn that the vulnerability of supply chains is potentially a systemic risk that can quickly propagate across supply chain dominated industries. Organisations […]Read more
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Attack Surface Management (ASM) characterises a business’s security risks as the monitoring and risk mitigation of a constantly changing and vulnerable “risk-surface”. Importantly, this attack surface extends to both internal and external assets and services. Some ASM solutions deliver clear visibility across both Internet facing and internal assets. Others do not. Instead, they assess external […]Read more
The UK Government has released its annual “Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2023”. It provides some valuable insights into how cyber security is currently being managed in the UK, by a range of organisations. It also speaks to how current competing economic priorities are impacting the effectiveness of some cyber security management efforts. The full report […]Read more
Solving the mismatch between cyber security reporting and directors’ requirements You are undoubtedly familiar with the headlines; you may have even become in part desensitised to them: ‘Cyber-attacks are increasingly damaging’, or ‘large amounts of personal data are most at risk’. The important take-away, however, is that modern day thieves can easily gain access to […]Read more
A system to address the untrustworthy security environment Zero trust approaches to security have been talked about for a while; but in recent times they have certainly gained more currency. As a model for protecting data and services, the simplicity of the concept is its biggest strength – assume, as a default position, there is […]Read more
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