How Risk Management Can Help Companies Strengthen Cybersecurity and Prevent Cyber Attacks

In the new episode of Dr. Dark Web, Chris Roberts welcomes Alyssa Miller, the BISO at S&P Global Ratings.

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Companies hire cybersecurity analysts and managed IT security services to protect their vital assets. But that’s not how it works. Cybersecurity specialists cannot shield anyone’s data and privacy; instead, they can walk you through the best ways to manage risks and avoid cyber threats. After all, nothing is 100% safe now, and no one can guarantee foolproof protection.

In the new episode of Dr. Dark Web, Chris Roberts welcomes Alyssa Miller, the BISO at S&P Global Ratings. They have an exciting chat about cybersecurity, the modern perspective on intelligence and information, and the importance of understanding that businesses should know the truth about their cybersecurity, no matter how harsh it is.

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Key Insights

When it comes to business or information intelligence, focus on the intelligence piece of it. 

Alyssa believes that when talking about business intelligence or information intelligence, the idea of ‘intelligence’ is most important. However, it’s often underappreciated. “When we say ‘threat intelligence’ or ‘information intelligence,’ I think the key factor that we miss most often is the ‘intelligence’ part of it. We get a ton of data. And we look at it, and we give it to a bunch of people and say, ‘Here, go through this.’ But intelligence comes in. And how do we apply that?”

Great information is nothing without intelligence.

Companies may have important information about their security and the processes within their organization, but it is irrelevant unless intelligence is applied to it. “You may have great information, but it doesn’t mean anything if you can’t make that jump from what is important to the CEO, CFO, or the COO because this is what regulators or shareholders are asking you to know about. Connect to that. And that’s how you start to create intelligence in your threat intelligence program.”

Stop trying to paint rosy pictures where they don’t exist.

Alyssa is a firm believer that businesses should know the truth about their cybersecurity, whether it’s good or bad. “Another thing we need to be, in cybersecurity, is honest. Stop trying to paint rosy pictures where they don’t exist, but also, paint a good picture when it does exist.”

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