Changing Bad HabitsOne of the considerations we need to make is that our own (bad) habits that have caused some of the “rabbit hole” of threats. To illustrate, let me share with you a recent study on privileged access management conducted by BeyondTrust. The results speak directly to the risks of having usernames and passwords that can lead a hacker to compromise our computers and data. What the study identified was not revolutionary. Cyber security professionals have provided statistics about password changes, types of passwords, and password reuse for years. What the study did find directly translates to cyber security awareness – specifically, why individuals, even with the knowledge of these flaws and risks, continue to execute the same behavior. This was eye opening. Human traits like Apathy, Greed, Pride, Ignorance, and Envy are helping fuel many of the breaches and why so many people are dealing with malware, identity theft, skimmers, and other types of scams and fraud.
A Little Self-Reflection, PleaseSo, for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month we must educate about the statistics. We must be aware of how and why breaches happened. We must educate on how to prevent the next potential breaches. And most importantly, we must do some self-reflection and understand why we continue the same poor behavior even though we understand the risks. The biggest difference we as practitioners can make this month is to put the risks in plain English, back them up with facts, and make a compelling argument. For more on what we uncovered in our study, the 5 Deadly Sins of Privileged Access Management, download the results today. Use that study to compare where your current cyber practices are at, and what you need to do to get better.
Morey J. Haber, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at BeyondTrust
Morey J. Haber is Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at BeyondTrust. He has more than 25 years of IT industry experience and has authored four Apress books: Privileged Attack Vectors (2 Editions), Asset Attack Vectors, and Identity Attack Vectors. In 2018, Bomgar acquired BeyondTrust and retained the BeyondTrust name. He originally joined BeyondTrust in 2012 as a part of the eEye Digital Security acquisition. Morey currently oversees BeyondTrust strategy for privileged access management and remote access solutions. In 2004, he joined eEye as Director of Security Engineering and was responsible for strategic business discussions and vulnerability management architectures in Fortune 500 clients. Prior to eEye, he was Development Manager for Computer Associates, Inc. (CA), responsible for new product beta cycles and named customer accounts. He began his career as Reliability and Maintainability Engineer for a government contractor building flight and training simulators. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.