Every Friday, students in our CORE program are challenged to think holistically about integrating the security theory and skills they're learning with the principals of strong security cultures. Today, students were taken to task by the physical security experts at VTI Security.
Last week, the fears of all security practitioners were realized.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, went dark. Within this international experimental facility, researchers are recreating moments in time, like The Big Bang, to determine the origins of the universe and are using partial physics to yield breakthroughs in innovation. The facility consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets and a number of accelerating structures boosting the energy of the particles along the way. This construction with an estimated budget of $4B and the collaboration of 10,000 scientists makes the LHC one of the most expensive and technically-advanced programs in the world. Sadly, it’s not really working at the moment thanks to a small, industrious creature.
As NPR reported a “small mammal, possibly a weasel,” gnawed-through a power cable at the LHC causing its failure. CERN released documentation pointing the finger to a small "fouine.” Either order, the effect is the same: no big bang for Switzerland!
So should we all prepare our infrastructure for attacks from clever mammals? This question gets at the heart of risk-informed thinking.
Do you have a data breach response plan? If not, you should. According to Cybersecurity Market Report, cyber attacks cost businesses $400 billion to $500 billion a year.
From the battlefront of cybersecurity, meet Chris Calvert. Chris leads the team charged with bringing cutting edge security solutions to market. He has led the design and build of many Global Fortune-20 Security Operations Centers. His methodology for Security Operations has been leveraged across 40+ SOCs and extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Chris is a SecureSet Academy advisor and instructor. He speaks with us about the massive opportunities for professionals in the cybersecurity arena.
What are the most important job skills and qualifications that you are looking for in candidates applying to cybersecurity jobs out of school?
Calvert: Ok, the first two are always attitude and aptitude. After that, hands on experience, knowledge of technology, experience with various operating systems and platforms, understanding of the network but also the ability to think analytically is important.
You have better-than-Vegas odds that the company you work for will be a victim of cybercrime, cyber attack or a security breach. Daily, cybersecurity attacks are becoming increasingly more common, more severe and having greater impact on organizations. The 2016 Global State of Information Security Survey results cite a 38% increase in detected cybersecurity incidents in the past twelve months over the prior period. And, even more alarming, 80% of companies surveyed experienced a cybersecurity incident in 2015.