Exploring the Gap Between Cybersecurity Perception and Reality (Forbes)


Most company executives and security professionals have a reasonable understanding of cybersecurity. Even if they don’t fully understand the mechanics under the hood, they at least realize that there is a vast and aggressive threat landscape out there, and that their networks are under virtually constant siege from attackers. When you ask how they feel about their security, though, and how confident they are in their ability to successfully detect and block attacks, the response shows a startling disconnect between reality and their perception.

Last month at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco, I had an opportunity to attend a panel discussion hosted by Arctic Wolf Networks. We met at Marianne’s, an eclectic little semi-secret room at the back of The Cavalier restaurant. The room is apparently themed after the cover of the Rolling Stones’ Beggar’s Banquet album and named for British rock icon Marianne Faithful.