Cybersecurity is people, process, and technology

Paving the way for the next generation of cybersecurity

by Shira Rubinoff, Founder, Secure My Social Advisor

While many conversations about information security focus on technology used as countermeasures, the reality is that in order to achieve any significant level of cybersecurity, an organization must utilize a combination of people, processes, and technology. Overly focusing on technology often leads to over-purchasing and the development of a significant inventory of “shelfware”. Misdirecting attention also leads to organizations inappropriately feeling protected while ignoring the true Achilles heel of information security—people.

Proper cyber hygiene in an organization encompasses a combination of all three to provide for maximum effectiveness and security.

Ironically, one of the other human shortcomings that emerges quite clearly when it comes to information security, is dealing with information overloads. Security technologies often project high volumes of event-related data and alerts—often overwhelming personnel dedicated to managing information security. Alerts become worthless if they cannot be acted upon due to insufficient human resources or faulty processes.

Outsourcing can sometimes help improve  the situation—as third-party providers dedicated to delivering security services often have far greater manpower and optimized automated tools to handle such processes. The field is becoming increasingly saturated with offerings of solutions, yet few may claim an airtight  cybersecurity shielding and peace of mind demanded by the cyber and business realities of today.

Enter AT&T Cybersecurity. The formidable result of a strategic merger between AT&T Cybersecurity Consulting, AT&T Managed Security Services, and AlienVault, this provider has figured it out and is fast assuming its position at the pinnacle of global leaders in threat intelligence.

AT&T Cybersecurity hones in on what they refer to as  business’ “seams” of vulnerability, and provide automated, integrated, and even on-demand wrap-around broad spectrum solutions that unite people, process, and technology under their proprietary “software defined” security management platform.

The integration of threat intelligence and product offerings from AlienVault with the historic and emerging technologies, consulting, and managed security solutions from AT&T has paved the way for the introduction of a next generation powerhouse cyber-threat intelligence solution.

The timing is right. With cybercrime on the rise, criminals are outpacing the global security efforts at stemming them. The explosion of data, a hodgepodge of network solutions, and disparate technologies, lack of both human resources and know-how, all contribute to the conditions that create open “seams”, resulting in significant cyber-vulnerabilities. In fact, in a survey reported in AT&T Cybersecurity Insights, Vol. 8, close to 90% of respondents had confirmed at least one type of security breach or incident over the past 12 months.

Thankfully, AT&T Cybersecurity Solutions has figured it out and recognized that an effective fight against cybercrime demands a multi-pronged effort. Without reinventing the wheel, they consolidated and integrated the best-of-breed services and products under an integrated  AT&T Cybersecurity umbrella, and utilized the tremendous breadth and depth of threat intelligence know-how and automation to develop their revolutionary cyber-threat intelligence platform that is simply unparalleled.

See it for yourself by visiting AT&T Cybersecurity at RSA2019 located in the Moscone Center - North Hall Booth 5545, South Hall Booth 1235.