It is safe to say that COVID-19 opened a pandora’s box of different kinds of threats and attacks. State-sponsored attacks against government organizations are on the rise, especially espionage attempts on vaccine development. Moreover, 1 in 3 employees doesn’t even use a VPN to connect to the company network while remote working, escalating vulnerabilities emerging from insider threats to sharp levels.
Despite several reports indicating that the infosec industry is on the right track, the path to a secure remote workforce is still very bumpy. Whether it’s encryption type 1 technologies that can’t leave the physical building or insecure connections from home or devices, the secure remote worker is still an aspiration rather than a realization.
But how bad is the scenario? And how are CISOs ensuring their enterprises and third-party vendors are safe in these dreaded times? In this episode, Augustin Kurian, Senior Feature Writer for CISO MAG has interviewed Gregg Smith, CEO of Attila Security, to have a conversation about the cybersecurity implications COVID-19 has had on information security.
Apart from being the CEO of Attila Security, Smith is also the Chair of the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland and has spent the past six months building strategies and technology approaches to secure remote work from the DoD to manufacturing to enterprises.
Smith’s experience as a leader includes eight successful exits and growing a business from $3 million to $100 million. He is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an Eagle Scout and is committed to protecting the nation-state from data theft and solving some of the biggest security challenges facing both enterprise and government agencies today.
About the Author
Augustin Kurian is part of the editorial team at CISO MAG and writes interviews and features.