I recently interviewed several CSOs and CISOs from the financial services, tech, healthcare, media and other industries to see how they were managing through these turbulent times. Below are the questions I asked them and a summary of their collective wisdom and best practices. While I would love to give these experts all the credit they deserve, all of them spoke on the condition that neither they nor their organizations be identified publicly.
What is your greatest security concern right now?
The collective response to this question is that security executives are most worried about the increase in phishing campaigns and fraud, especially with distracted employees who aren’t as diligent with security hygiene while working from home. As one executive stated, “My greatest concern right now is social engineering resulting from cyberattacks on people wherever they are. High stress means reduced cognitive functions, so attackers may find it easier to do social engineering, which opens the door to everything else.”