Gain insights into the fundamental challenges hindering organizations from achieving cybersecurity objectives, particularly in terms of visibility and noise reduction. Discover how prioritizing key metrics can enhance threat detection and response capabilities.



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Key fundamentals that are there um the and that's where the biggest challenge is is like organizations just don't have um that they don't have the visibility that they that they require to get to those those points those are certainly very key um the other kind of key point that organizations will will get into is um you know a lot of a lot of the the monitoring and in um doing these different assessments is you ultimately they're trying to find a needle and a haast stack is is a common analogy that's used and uh unfortunately what uh organizations will do especially early on is they'll add more and more hay uh to with the idea that they will have better visibility unfortunately there that that actually makes things more difficult because it's more difficult to actually find the needle um so as as a key metric and focus and priority area it would it it's definitely best practice to to eliminate the noise and eliminate all that excess hay that excess hay uh so you can find these needles faster and quicker and eventually get to the point where you're actually able to categorize the individual needles so you can actually identify a needle within a stack of needles that's relevant to the specific use case that you have um because what will happen with Advanced persistant threats is they'll actually come uh they'll come back time and time again and um unfortunately one of the the key things that ends up happening is uh especially with Ransom wear attacks is organizations will um they'll actually recover and Implement a backup uh or basically get to a steady state but they won't they won't address the the main entry point that that the attackers use to get in so all they do is they they come right back in and that's why uh paying for a ransomware doesn't really work because you're not a lot of times organizations don't address the the the core entry point and uh once kind of that the word gets out then it's open season so you might have multiple different criminal organizations looking to get into your environment um so and there's metrics that you can build around all of those things like reducing false positives uh reducing false negatives and then um and and overall uh measuring.



Visibility: Understand the critical importance of visibility in cybersecurity operations. Many organizations struggle to attain the level of visibility necessary to identify and mitigate threats effectively. Lack of visibility hampers proactive threat detection and response efforts, leaving organizations vulnerable to persistent cyber threats.

Needle in a Haystack Analogy: Explore the common analogy of finding a needle in a haystack, often used to describe the challenge of identifying threats amidst a sea of data. Learn how organizations mistakenly add more "hay" (data) in hopes of improving visibility, ultimately making threat identification more challenging. Emphasize the need to focus on eliminating noise to pinpoint critical threats efficiently.

Addressing Core Entry Points: Highlight the importance of addressing core entry points exploited by cyber attackers. Using ransomware attacks as an example, emphasize the significance of not only recovering from incidents but also identifying and remedying the root cause to prevent future breaches. Failure to address core entry points leaves organizations vulnerable to repeated attacks and exposes them to increased risk.


Prioritize key metrics such as visibility, noise reduction, and addressing core entry points to enhance cybersecurity resilience. By focusing on eliminating noise and identifying critical threats effectively, organizations can bolster their security posture and mitigate the risk of persistent cyber threats.




Brad LaPorte a former army officer with extensive experience in cybersecurity, provides invaluable insights into the evolving landscape of digital threats. With a background in military operations, LaPorte witnessed firsthand the early stages of nation-state cyber attacks, laying the groundwork for his deep understanding of cybersecurity challenges. Through his journey, he has observed the transformation of defense tactics from traditional, labor-intensive methods to modern, cloud-based solutions. LaPorte's expertise offers a unique perspective on the intersection of technology, security, and the underground economy of cybercrime. In this discussion, he shares his experiences and analysis, shedding light on the complexities of cybersecurity in the digital age.


Bikash Barai is credited for several innovations in the domain of Network Security and Anti-Spam Technologies and has multiple patents in USPTO. Fortune recognized Bikash among India’s Top 40 Business Leaders under the age of 40 (Fortune 40-under-40).Bikash is also an active speaker and has spoken at various forums like TiE, RSA Conference USA, TEDx etc.

Earlier he founded iViZ an IDG Ventures-backed company that was later acquired by Cigital and now Synopsys. iViZ was the first company in the world to take Ethical Hacking (or Penetration Testing) to the cloud. 

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