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You’ve just opened your work email to find an expected, but slightly odd, email from a colleague. You can’t quite put your finger on what’s different this time. The subject line demands you take immediate action and the email is prompting you to click on a link within. You click…

And now you – and your organization – have been hacked.

We live in a time when cyber threats are unending, coming at us from all angles. Some attacks are more obvious than others, but malicious actors are getting more and more creative with their tactics, feeding off human behavior to access what we want to keep sacred. It’s more important than ever to be aware of these threats and vigilant about recognizing bad actors before they cause financial damage.

Stern Strategy Group represents a number of authorities on cybersecurity, each bringing different areas of expertise to combatting threats. Heed these lessons to understand, prepare for, and contend with the cyber challenges organizations face every day.

Chris Painter: The Cyber Threat Landscape and Why You Should Care

It seems like cyber threats are coming at businesses, governments, and individuals faster than we can even respond. “That’s a big problem,” says multi-award-winning cybersecurity veteran Chris Painter, president of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Foundation, former senior official at various U.S. government agencies, and one of the world’s most knowledgeable experts on cybercrime. “Companies may not know they are vulnerable, but malicious hackers do.” Painter urges businesses and governments alike to prepare now for these growing concerns that are serious enough to even threaten global security.

Anne-Marie Slaughter: A Global View of Cybersecurity

Top foreign policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America and former dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, brings an academic’s eye to the discussion on how organizations should take on cybersecurity. “[There’s been an] expansion of both the category of cybersecurity and the understanding of that category,” explains Slaughter. “…Cybersecurity is not just for companies, it’s not just for good hygiene on your own computer [anymore], this is a new part of conflict.”

Jonathan Zittrain: “We Need To Be More Imaginative About Cybersecurity Than We Are Right Now.”

With advancements in technology comes greater security risks through unlikely vulnerabilities. That’s why Harvard University Professor of Law and Computer Science Jonathan Zittrain says we need to be aware of all the avenues that attackers can exploit. In an era of the Internet of Things (IoT), even a connected refrigerator or a conference room web camera can be an open door for hackers

Azeem Azhar: Exponential Growth Means Exponential Threats

According to Azeem Azhar, award-winning author of “The Exponential Age” (2021), entrepreneur, and investor, technology is moving so fast that developments are outpacing society’s ability to catch up. This leaves ever-growing openings for hackers to take advantage of. Institutions that resist change or are slow to adapt will fall into an ever-deeper “exponential gap.” As we head into what Azhar calls a “new golden period of cooperation,” it’s going to take technology companies, governments, and society working together to close that gap.

Staying ahead of hackers who are constantly launching cyberattacks against organizations and governments is critical to business success. Stern Speakers & Advisors connects you with renowned thought leaders whose insights, strategies and management frameworks help organizations fuel growth and disruptive innovation to better compete in a constantly changing world. Let us arrange for these esteemed experts to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting sessions, workshops and keynotes. 

Fortify Your Organization’s Cybersecurity Defenses was last modified: October 27th, 2022 by Justin Louis