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BrandPost: When tactics get in the way of strategy

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Aug 23, 2016.

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    Buying the latest antivirus software or firewall can help bolster enterprise cybersecurity, but don’t confuse tactical responses to cyberattacks with strategy.

    To be sure, tactics and strategy are inextricably intertwined and both are crucial components of any cyberplan. But there’s a temptation to conflate the two, a misunderstanding that dooms organizations to play a losing game of catch up.

    This is more than a minor semantic distinction. If tactics are not moored to a broader organizational strategy, IT is always going to wind up applying security fixes only after the damage is already done.

    Cybercriminals constantly change the terms of engagement and technologies in response to obstacles that defenders erect in their way. CSOs now find themselves battling against a multiplicity of actors - including nation state actors, cybercriminals, hacktivists, and non-state “for-hire groups - who are on the cutting edge when it comes to techniques and procedures.

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