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Advising Corporate America on Preventing Cyber Attacks


Created on December 02, 2016



After reading hundreds of business articles over the last few months, any reasonable business person will likely conclude that 2017 will be the year of Big Data – the year that such data will drive corporate brands, corporate profits and customer experiences. Those companies that handle big data with skill and agility will generate tremendous profits, goodwill and success. Those that do not will…..well… they will either skulk along at subsistence level, or face extinction as the strong companies inherit and consume the weak. Knowing that big data will rule the world, what else will rule the world? Good cybersecurity and cyber governance.

Given that the United States is facing today a cybersecurity skills shortage of epic proportions, any reasonable cybersecurity strategy will likely be composed of two major elements: (1) adherence to some regulatory cybersecurity and data “framework” that every business and executive can follow and execute to their company’s benefit, and (2) an artificial intelligence and machine learning cyber defense strategy that will protect the company’s most important data and intellectual property assets – its “crown jewels.” Today, with the enormous amount of data any company will create a day, let alone the amount of traffic and information that companies receive from vendors, customers, investors and other trusted parties, a company’s IT department can be overwhelmed with the amount of cybersecurity alerts that need to be investigated. The sea of data and data points of contact (called endpoints) is literally incalculable. We humans are overwhelmed with data. Along with a basic cybersecurity and data framework that all can follow, AI and Machine learning solutions can be put in place to help companies secure their data, and help the company’s IT staff become “super-human” incident responders. Today’s solution might even be able to help kick an attacker off your client’s network before he or she can do damage or steal anything, both of which will cause you and your client not only an incredible headache, but also reputational harm and damage (along with other problems like regulatory and civil litigation). 

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Advise your client to adopt the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (“the Framework”)
  2. Educate your clients on the immediate benefits to their organization of adopting the Framework
  3. Learn how to evaluate the adoption of an AI and Machine Learning Defensive Cybersecurity platform to protect your client’s IP and IT assets (including endpoint protection)
  4. Create your client’s data security strategy for 2017

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