Is Your Cyber Fortress As Strong As You Think It Is?
DataQuest|July 2021
When cyber attacks are on the rise, organisations need to check if their defences are secure. Automated and quantified risk assessment makes that task easy
Saket Bajoria

In the game of Tetris, players assemble pieces of various shapes, called tetrominoes, to form complete lines. Once completed, the line disappears, and the player can proceed to populate the emptied spaces. Repeat ad infinitum till the screen is filled and no more pieces can descend! When puzzle-loving software engineer Alexey Pajitnov created Tetris, little did he know the impact it would have on the gaming industry, let alone it’s parallel to cybersecurity.

Much like Tetris, in cybersecurity, errors pile up while the accomplishments disappear quickly! Unless remedies are appropriately placed, vulnerabilities accumulate and clog the screen, leaving the enterprise paralysed. Without real-time monitoring, the security team is overwhelmed with several small, oddly shaped, and unaccounted pieces of the cybersecurity strategy. Tetris requires you to see the big-picture before every move, and so does cybersecurity.

If the last year is to be taken as the worst year history in terms of cyberattacks, businesses need to roll up their socks and brace for a worse 2021, unless they take concrete measures. There are four pillars upon which cybersecurity of every company stands: employees, policies, technology, and the third party. However, when the WEF Global Risk Report 2021, PwC’s 24th CEO risk report, and more surveys across the world rank cybersecurity as one of the most significant threats to the global economy, one has to ask where businesses are drawing the short stick.

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