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Thursday, 22 February 2018 15:02

BT7-03 Editorial

Written by  Jeff Ton
What are the top 3 threats to organizations today?

I would say that “ransomware,” “theft of proprietary information” and “disconnects between IT and leadership” are the three biggest threats to organizations. With cybercriminals getting better and better at infiltrating datasets and systems, there needs to be seamless alignment between those protecting technology and those calling for the protection. Though, from what Bluelock has seen, the majority of IT managers tend to be more concerned with data loss, while the majority of executives tend to be more concerned with the time it takes to recover from an event. Of course, these two things can be at odds, so it’s worth having a conversation with your leadership to double check that priorities match up with IT projects.


What areas of BC/DR do you think organizations should be investing in to secure their resiliency for the next 3-5 years? (Where should they put their money?)

At Bluelock, we like to view IT resiliency in a two-pronged approach, where companies give equal attention to prevention and restoration capabilities. From what we’ve seen recently though, most organizations tend to be lacking in the restorative aspects, focusing the majority of their attention on prevention measures. With an ever-evolving threat landscape, no one can be 100% successful in stopping an attack or disruption – and for this reason, a restorative strategy is your only hope to preserve crucial datasets and return operations to normal after an event. There have been a lot of major improvements and cost reductions to restorative technologies (backups, replication, DRaaS, etc.) within the last five years, so the best investment for the money would be to shore up your data protection and response strategy.


Would you consider the influx of Millennials with the exiting of baby boomers to be a challenge to the technology changes in the resiliency industry? (i.e.: loss of knowledge Vs incoming training needs)

As a baby boomer myself, I might be a little biased, but I think the exodus of the baby boomers from the workforce can be both a good and a bad thing. The millennial generation grew up around technology, while the baby boomers didn’t – which means millennials are technology natives who can recognize the benefits of adopting the latest innovations much more readily. On the other hand, the baby boomer generation has a veteran perspective of technology risks, having experienced breaches and major disruptions throughout their careers. The millennials coming into IT departments may never have experienced these things, so may not fully comprehend the impacts. Unfamiliarity on both sides creates a security gap that cybercriminals will readily exploit. The two groups must work together and educate each other.

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