Alphabet, Google’s parent company, just launched its own cyber-security project, entitled Chronicle. The project targets enterprises and aims to help such customers better manage their own security.
The online media debate tackles the fact that, the Chronicle project resembles other countless similar projects. It hasn’t been disclosed so far what makes this particular project relevant and outstanding in the cyber-security environment. Gizmodo, for example, wonders what exactly qualifies as moonshot about this entire endeavor, besides being associated with Google, that is.
Modern cyber vulnerabilities call for modern cyber-security
Of course, we have a Captain Obvious thing here. Who does not know this in our day and age? Well, when you juxtapose this with the fact that modern cyber-security is still in the making, perhaps we start getting the image of a current dilemma.
Most companies are aware of the IoT dawning upon their operations. The decision makers have moved forward to implement the necessary hardware and software changes. Yet the IoT comes along with cyber-vulnerabilities like never before, some of which have already been acted out.
It’s only logical that ubiquitous connectivity can be reversed into ubiquitous hacking, and malicious parties taking control of the companies’ networks. The cyber-security experts work continually towards improving the means of protection, yet sometimes it seems that the enemy manages to be ahead of them.
This fluctuating gap between the protectors and the attackers in cyber-security leaves room for a lot of misrepresentation, fuelled by the enterprises’ real and deeply rooted concern for their critical and sensitive data.
There are no standardized solutions, there are ambiguous sets of best practice measures, and there are quite a lot brands and branded cyber-security projects. The field is crowded, and there is a lot of noise – not at all the best atmosphere for encouraging straight thinking.
Get the best out of modern cyber-security
The online media means any piece of news travels fast and has a potentially global reach. Keep updated on the trajectory of the leading brands in cyber-security. As a CIO person, even as a CEO, the latest in cyber-security is now mandatory, not optional. At least a weekly update on what happened to notable importance is well advised.
This way you have a chance of learning from the mistakes of others, instead of repeating these mistakes. Also, when approached with various offers, it is easier to discern the actually possible/doable from the mass of wishful thinking you can be presented with by a bold, yet dubiously trustful specialized brand.
Now, the leading cyber-security brands rarely venture in making promises they cannot sustain. Reliability and consistency is part of being successful on the market for a long time. However, when their solutions seem similar, an educated partner of discussion from your company can go through the process of understanding what makes one potential partner stand out against the others.
In other words, you have to make the first step, and in order to do so (and be a solid discussion partner in cyber-security matters), you need a background, a pool of thematic general knowledge. There is no universal recipe for how to keep informed on the most important matters, but it is mandatory that you do so.
Don’t let it modern cyber-security get the best out of you
…especially that, as we’ve mentioned, there is no official modern cyber-security operations set, but rather a work-in-progress phenomenon.
In conclusion, the iterations that exude complete self-confidence and reassure you that your operations are completely protected in any eventuality – not valid.
A cyber-security partner that guarantees virtually nothing, because, well, it’s a big bad world and an infinity of threats out there – also to avoid.
The key is in the previous experience, in the continuous market presence, combined with a solid agreement – look for relevant certifications, find out whether your industry’s unique considerations are provided for and so on.
It takes patience and attention, but it pays off in the end. As the representative of a company or as a privacy-concerned individual, in this field is better to leave the enthusiastic attitude at the door, and poke into each detail, calmly and in the most concerned and calculated manner – before selecting your partner.