Ten Years Later: A Q&A with Founder & Vice President Adam Bennett
- On December 8, 2016
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- By Chris Howell
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1. How much has the cybersecurity landscape changed since Cloudburst Security began in 2006?
Over the past ten years, cyber attackers and cyber defenders have been in a game of cat and mouse. Spear phishing was used a decade ago and has only grown in prevalence today. Cyber threats have become much more sophisticated and better at evasion. Recently, spawned by compromised IoT devices (Internet of Things), ransomware, and DDoS attacks (distributed denial-of-service) have increased.
Thankfully, there have been many changes in how these attacks can be prevented and detected. The cybersecurity services market has grown tremendously, but simply choosing the wrong provider or the lowest bidder cause serious issues. There are also many more security products on the market today, providing organizations with more choices in the tools they use to defend their networks. But decision makers need to cut through the product hype in order to implement the best-performing solutions.
2. What do you see as the biggest cybersecurity threat today?
It’s difficult to say that there is one threat that’s the biggest or the most serious. We’ve discovered that nation-state threats tend to be more sophisticated, remaining on networks undetected. Furthermore, we’ve seen the detrimental effects of financially and politically motivated threats.
3. What is the most in-demand job at your company?
The hottest roles at Cloudburst Security right now are: senior penetration tester, malware/reverse engineer, incident response, and senior security analyst.
4. What’s are largest security mistakes that organizations are making?
In my view, the biggest mistake is not allocating enough funds and resources towards reducing cyber threats. We tend to see this issue more with smaller to mid-sized organizations. But there are also many large organizations that don’t properly budget for cybersecurity. Organizations of all sizes must see cybersecurity as a necessary component for running, maintaining, and growing their businesses.