Seculert President Richard Greene discussed cyber threats and other security concerns during a Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Seculert at the 2014 Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Leadership Forum in San Francisco on May 6. In his presentation, “You Can’t Stop What You Can’t See,” Greene noted malware is a serious problem that can impact organizations of all sizes.
According to Greene, malware is prevalent, but it can be difficult to detect. However, an organization that takes steps to minimize the impact of malware, Greene said, can safeguard its sensitive information. Greene also pointed out an organization should try to leverage malware-detection tools to prevent data breaches: “As we think about how that malware progresses through its life, it starts as just a threat. It’s not inside your business. It moves to an infection that’s now inside your business. It then starts to communicate back to its command and control. Ultimately, we’re trying to stop this before it hits the breach.”
In addition, Greene noted data is incredibly valuable for organizations that want to safeguard sensitive data. He pointed out an organization must understand how to leverage this data, however, to improve its security: “You save a ton of time figuring out what’s actually communicating where. Taking that information and sending it earlier into the prevention mechanisms to stop future communications happening is one aspect of how you might solve this problem.”