My last posting was perhaps a bit too negative. I should correct that by setting out my own solutions to cyber security. Here are my ten answers.
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- Invest more public money into imaginative new approaches to malware detection.
- Ditch standardized, tick-box, compliance processes. Give freedom to security managers to implement innovative solutions.
- Place more emphasis on technical solutions and less on bureaucratic governance processes, which have become excessively bloated.
- Empower CISOs to overrule business objections on grounds of cost or delay.
- Massively speed up the implementation processes for security solutions, from years to days.
- Escape from the pervasive security “monoculture” of identical controls which makes it easy for attackers. Security by obscurity is no bad thing.
- Design security systems to counter projected future threats, not just today’s.
- Recognize Ross Ashby‘s Law and harness the scalability of technology and networks to leverage security.
- Expect users to make mistakes. Take account of this when designing systems.
- Manage crises as opportunities to gain free publicity and drive through change. Smart companies can emerge stronger.