Understand The Data

TF7 Episode 142

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Seth Adler

Field Chief Technology Officer, Varonis Brian Vecci joins George Rettas on Task Force 7 Radio. Understand the data, what you have, where it is, how it’s exposed, how it’s being used, how it’s accessed- when you start from the inside out you have a much better picture of what’s going on and a much better ability to build the tech and prevent.

George and Brian discuss whether or not CISOs in fact know where they’re crown jewels are and that so much of the data is actually open to anyone that plugs into the network.  That means that any insider has the key and “the doors are left wide open.”

The conversation evolves to a discussion on the distributed workforce and how universally- we were on an accelerated course towards a remote workforce in general. Borderless security has been a topic du jour for some time but that the global pandemic of course hurled us into what had been previously know as the future of work.

The threats now being experienced- are what one would expect. A focus on business continuity has left security doors wide open and presented a more friendly ground for brute force and phishing attacks. Three year role outs have turned into three week role outs and subsequently defense steps have been skipped.

Episode Overview

Brian has been in cyber security for over a decade and was an IT system architect for the preceding decade. He thinks first about data. In his opinion, the cyber security community has been focused on perimeters like endpoints, firewalls, anti virus in the past. Data has been ignored “No one is breaking into a network to get access to the network itself - they’re there for data.”

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