Networking The Key To Addressing The Modern Security Challenge

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CSOs face challenges from several fronts, and building better communities and improving the information flow across IT security teams is the best solution to the challenge.

On the one hand, the proliferation of threats facing organisations of all sizes and scales has accelerated rapidly. Earlier this year the Australian government issued the recommendation that organisations “urgently” adopt an enhanced cyber security posture.

“Many actors use common techniques such as exploiting internet-facing applications and spear phishing to compromise victim networks,” the advisory note states. “Organisations should ensure they have implemented mitigations against these common techniques and are prepared to detect and respond to cyber security incidents.”

This government concern is being felt across boards, and as Gartner notes, though CSOs are being increasingly called on to address the board’s risk concerns around security, directors are not necessarily the most informed stakeholders to manage.

Meanwhile, the CSO is also struggling with a severe skills shortage sweeping across Australia that is making proficient security teams difficult to recruit and retain. Most security teams have gaps, and plugging those gaps is a major headache for any senior executive.

Information exchange will be a critical part of the solution. Australia’s security community is close knit in solidarity for the extreme challenges the sector faces. Having the opportunity to come together to discuss these challenges and find opportunities for collaboration are incredibly valuable to any CSO.

The opportunity to network and collaborate

One of the key events within this year’s 2022 Security Exhibition & Conference (17-19 August) is the annual gala dinner specifically tailored to the security professionals, which has returned after a number of years of COVID-19 hiatus. This event has traditionally been one of the key networking opportunities on the security calendar, and will additionally be where the Best New Product Awards are announced.

This year’s event will be hosted by James O’Loghlin, and feature a three-course meal with plenty of further networking opportunities at the conclusion of the meal. After a challenging few years for the sector, the opportunity for professionals to let their hair down and reconnect with the people side of the industry will resonate strongly.

On the more formal side, the 2022 Security Exhibition & Conference also offers three days of back-to-back keynotes on a host of matters that will be of interest to any security professional. From the impact that emerging technologies like AI, IoT and 5G will have on the security environment, to the blurring of the boundaries between physical security and cyber security, and the future of the built environment, the conference will delve into the implications of security across a broad range of different sectors. Other keynotes will focus on standards best practices and, specifically, how Australian organisations should be responding to global security challenges.

For CISOs looking to think strategically about security, the focus of the event will be on practical and actionable insights. Keynotes will include use cases and case studies, with the emphasis being on what is being done now, set against the overall business objectives of the modern enterprise.

Outside of the keynote, the exhibition will be an opportunity to see the newest technologies in action, and speak to the vendors about their solutions. With the threat landscape moving so rapidly, building security solutions requires an increasingly sophisticated mix of technologies, and the exhibition, which hosts both major and challenger brands, is an opportunity to consider the complete security sector from a holistic perspective and perhaps find solutions to cover challenges that hadn’t been considered previously.

Practical insights and real-world solutions

As noted in a report by PwC, an effective security response still typically involves getting the basic best practices right. It notes the government advice that “patching the holes” is a critically important step, but also notes that this isn’t necessarily as straightforward as it might first seem. “Businesses need to identify all Internet-facing devices in the organisation, ensure updates don’t break other processes, that a patch exists for specific software and configurations, and that they have the means to implement the update,” the report notes. “This scale of the problem can be overwhelming, so businesses should seek help if they have doubts.”

Between the case studies that will be presented at the 2022 Security Exhibition & Conference, and the opportunity to talk shop through the networking opportunities, CSOs will be able to get a sense for how best practices are changing, and how industry leaders have been able to highlight new best practice approaches. As with any professional field in a fast-paced industry, remaining informed can be one of the most difficult parts of a busy CSO’s job. With the 2022 Security Exhibition & Conference, that ongoing learning opportunity can be distilled down to a three days of intense knowledge transfer.

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