To paraphrase the military mastermind Sun Tzu, you must know your enemy before you can defeat him. Infectious disease experts around the world look to do the same with the coronavirus. To contain a viral outbreak, scientists must identify the virus’ origin and track its spread. Once located, scientists study the virus’ behavior and develop a containment plan. CISOs work the same way. At the first sign of malware or another virus, CISOs analyze metadata and user behavior to locate the malicious file or code. Security teams learn how the virus got in and how it spread. All impacted systems, applications, and endpoints must be quarantined. To beat an enemy, you must know how the enemy operates, regardless of whether the fight takes place in the natural world, a corporate network, or on the battlefield.
CISO Street recently sat down at RSA with Sergej Epp, Central Europe CISO for Palo Alto Networks, to explore the many challenges and opportunities CISOs face. In this video, Sergej shares how CISO’s must be experts in identifying and understanding a virus before eradicating it.