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Why Is Cybersecurity Not a Human-Scale Problem Anymore?

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Rarely a day goes by that we don't see news about the poor state of affairs in cybersecurity. From data breaches at Target, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Sony, Disney, Yahoo!, Equi-fax and Marriot, the drumroll continues unabated. We are now in a world, where it's a matter of when, not if, an organization is compromised by a cyber-attack.

Most of us think of cybersecurity as a series of controls (tools and knobs) that an organization has to implement, and it seems perplexing why cyber-defenders in the situations mentioned here failed to take the necessary steps to protect themselves. Our focus on addressing cybersecurity challenges has been around inventing new controls (or enhancing existing ones) and implementing them correctly in the enterprise. This is an inadequate view.


Milind Joshi

This is a really cool article that articulates what I've been feeling but could not express as well as Gaurav Banga has!

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