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In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, staying ahead of threats requires more than just reactive measures. Organizations are increasingly adopting proactive strategies, leveraging continuous defense mechanisms to safeguard their digital assets. This approach involves integrating the latest threat intelligence, zero-day vulnerabilities, and attack techniques into automated defense systems. By doing so, companies aim not only to protect their networks but also to demonstrate their commitment to security excellence.

 

 

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so it's not just a dumb attack right they're using the capability of chaining things together understanding and integrating the the newest um zero days that are being announced and newest vulnerabilities that are being announced to be able to integrate those in right and to do that in an automated way for the benefit of the organization and that's that is a that's a capability and unfortunately not everybody's doing it but the leading companies and organizations are which again differentiates them from everybody else it makes them less attractive it makes their defensive positions stronger and auditable right and they can show that due diligence if something bad does happen they can show the Auditors they can show the court if it gets dragged into court that yes we are above right even the median average we do more and bad things are going to happen there's no way around that eventually it will but being able to show that have that confidence to to show your stockholders to show the courts to show your customers and clients and your business partners that yes you are Head and Shoulders Above the Rest because you're doing this continuous type of attacks against your system and again auditable you can show the results and when you get results you it's actionable you can go in and close that that firewall hole you can go in and Harden that new server that someone brought up and didn't tell you about right or that new database that got formed and has all this sensitive data in it with that kind of continuous attacking it gives you the Practical intelligence from an operations perspective to go in and resolve those issues again managing your risk hopefully to that Target that you want that's what you kind of covered it so well that even though I'm from this field I have nothing to add let talk about a few things no you need to add how your company does it better so I can pick on you and challenge you I mean are you perfect you know in your organizations what are your strengths what are your customers coming to you and asking as a priority I mean that's something I want to know you know are they saying I really want that red team kind of report or I want to be defensible or I want it as part of my audit or is it the operations guy going I'm really worried about that shadow it I've got dozens of admins and Engineers spinning up servers all the time that I don't know about what are the two or three asks yeah so so you made a great asked a great question so one definitely is Shadow it getting a visibility of what all assets are going up that's one uh continuous testing for for organizations which are kind of moving up in the maturity they're looking for continuous testing it's not just continuous red teaming they're thinking about continuous testing in their uh devops and their building up the application so they're thinking of continuous so you're looking at products as well right so you're we don't do that no we don't we don't do for the internal applications I'm just talking about General Trends we we focus on one are Mak yeah so so that's another interesting thing we're seeing like the more um mature organizations are going Beyond not just like continuous red timming but also continuous um devop security continuous Cloud security Etc so that's a great mindset so I'm a big believer of continuous security whatever be that area so so that's and also purple teaming is another interesting thing which uh is very helpful because one is you kind of go and attack.

 

Highlights :

Continuous Integration of Threat Intelligence: Leading organizations are harnessing the power of automation to incorporate the newest threat intelligence into their defense systems. This includes zero-day vulnerabilities and emerging attack techniques, allowing them to stay one step ahead of cyber threats.

Auditable Defense Posture: Continuous defense strategies enable organizations to build auditable defense postures. By conducting ongoing attacks against their systems, they can demonstrate due diligence to stakeholders, auditors, and regulatory bodies. This proactive approach strengthens their defensive positions and instills confidence in their ability to mitigate risks effectively.

Operational Insights for Risk Management: Continuous defense not only identifies vulnerabilities but also provides valuable operational insights for risk management. By simulating real-world attack scenarios, organizations gain practical intelligence to prioritize and remediate security gaps. This proactive approach empowers them to manage their risk profile effectively and align security measures with business objectives.

Addressing Shadow IT: Visibility into shadow IT is a critical aspect of continuous defense. Organizations strive to gain insights into all assets deployed within their environment, including unauthorized or undocumented resources. This helps them mitigate the risks associated with unmanaged infrastructure and ensure compliance with security policies.

Embracing Continuous Testing: As organizations mature, they recognize the importance of continuous testing across various domains, including development, operations, and cloud environments. Beyond traditional red teaming, they prioritize continuous security testing as an integral part of their DevOps processes. This proactive approach enhances the security posture of internal applications and infrastructure.

Adopting Purple Teaming: Purple teaming emerges as a collaborative approach to security testing, bridging the gap between red and blue teams. By simulating real-world attack scenarios and fostering communication between offensive and defensive teams, organizations can enhance their detection and response capabilities. This synergy strengthens their overall security posture and ensures a more robust defense against evolving threats.

 

In today's cyber threat landscape, organizations must adopt a proactive stance towards defense. Continuous security practices, including integrating threat intelligence, addressing shadow IT, and embracing purple teaming, are essential for staying ahead of adversaries. By prioritizing continuous defense mechanisms, companies can not only mitigate risks effectively but also demonstrate their commitment to security excellence. As cyber threats continue to evolve, embracing a culture of continuous defense remains imperative for safeguarding digital assets and maintaining trust with stakeholders.

 
 
Speakers:
 

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.

https://twitter.com/bikashbarai1

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bikashbarai/


Matthew Rosenquist is a seasoned cybersecurity strategist and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) with over three decades of experience. With a remarkable career at Intel Corporation spanning 24 years, he spearheaded key security initiatives, including establishing Intel's first Security Operations Center and leading cyber crisis response teams. As an influential figure in the industry, he currently serves as the CISO for Eclipz and advises numerous organizations worldwide on cybersecurity, emerging threats, privacy, and regulatory compliance. With a unique ability to bridge technical expertise with business acumen, Matthew is renowned for developing effective security strategies and enabling organizations to navigate complex cyber risks while optimizing security, privacy, and governance.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewrosenquist
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