Cyber Talk Radio: Business Security Risk Assessment

Bret Piatt, CTR Host, and Tom DeSot of Digital Defense - Episode 131 of Cyber Talk Radio

This past Saturday, March 30, episode 131 of Cyber Talk Radio hit the air on 1200 WOAI and iHeartRadio streaming. I was joined by Tom DeSot, executive vice president and chief information officer of Digital Defense, to discuss how businesses evaluate security risk and go over some cybersecurity best practices.

You’d have to be living under a rock if you aren’t aware of current cybersecurity issues in 2019, a landscape which has changed a lot since we first had Tom on the show in 2016. To start this episode off, I ask Tom: What’s new with Digital Defense over the last few years? They are excited about their new active network security detection. What does it look like to roll out an active detection system? Healthcare businesses are major targets, which is an area of high concern for consumers. Medical information is facts, so you can’t dispose or change facts once your records are compromised, unlike credit card numbers and passwords that can always be cancelled and changed! If your business is attacked, how do you recover from that with the increased level of sophistication? Tom thinks that since fraudulent emails are looking increasingly real, you have to be very diligent and aware of any possible red flags in the text, links, attachments and sender address. Before the break, we address the new phenomena of call center and texting attacks, and stress the importance of safety features like two-factor authentication.

After the break, Tom and I chat building the cybersecurity talent pipeline. What is Digital Defense doing to help with the tech skills gap? Digital Defense is passionate about doing internship programs to help teach and train students. Social and teamwork skills are also very important to teach in those programs, since they will need to interact within companies and with customers. Soft skills are just as important as hard skills, even in highly technical industries! Shoutout to the CyberPatriot program in San Antonio middle schools, which is teaching valuable tech and teamwork skills in which three San Antonio teams are going to nationals! How do we get more schools to budget towards building infrastructure for more programs like CyberPatriot? Lots of money is spent on football, so let’s build up the cybersecurity team sport! For those aiming to get a role in cybersecurity, what certifications are needed? CISSP, Network+, COMPtia and more (here’s a helpful list). Open Cloud Academy also has security training programs, which include completing some of the core certifications. We finish this episode discussing mobile device management for remote access for employees, GPS tracking, Wi-Fi security and why not to use a hotel computer!

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