Targeted attacks on supply chains connected with various sectors rose significantly in the last 8 months, according to various research firms. And this is just the tip of the iceberg as these findings relate to existing threats or threats that have been identified. There could be many new ones lurking in the Dark Web and elsewhere.
Most information security leaders tend to ignore the potency of unknown threats. This is because the security architecture in most enterprises and projects doesn’t permit adequate versatility to understand and identify latent threats to deal with them. The problem is compounded by security practices based on restrictive network activities at the perimeter rather. This means that a threat that somehow manages to trick the perimeter-based security mechanism is free to wreak havoc inside the core network.
Unfortunately, even the compliance mandates that are prevailing in various countries also fail to encourage businesses and other entities to look into emerging threats through a combination of insights, forecasts, and sheer imagination.
Besides, thanks to the increasing diversity of processes and devices, it is easy to lose track of baseline cybersecurity requirements with every increase in surface area. No matter what your network architecture, industry, or level of security sophistication, gaps could arise during periods of transition, capacity expansion, or infusion of new technology.
The addition of IoT exponentially amplifies the threat factor. In another survey, over 70 percent of cybersecurity practitioners reported some level of unfamiliarity with threats that emerge in converged environments spanning IT, OT, and IoT.
Unfortunately, these converged environments represent the event horizon – a vista that presents infinite possibilities for hackers, malware developers, and threat actors to exploit.
Converged environments needn’t be your organizational Achilles heel. Instead, such environments can be harnessed for testing new tech and workflows to improve efficiency, data analytics, and insights as also improving your cybersecurity posture and providing depth to your cyber resilience strategies.
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Prayukth K V has been actively involved in productizing and promoting cross eco-system collaboration in the emerging tech and cybersecurity domains for over a decade. A marketer by profession and a published author, he has also proposed and promoted critical infrastructure protection strategies that rely on in-depth threat research and deflection strategies to deceive hackers and malware. Having been at the frontlines of cyber securing infrastructure, Prayukth has seen cyberattacks and defence tactics at close quarters.