5 Biggest Cybersecurity Lies Told to a CISO

March 9, 2023

Though you may feel that CISOs are unnecessary if you have never worked with one before, effective cybersecurity leadership requires more than meets the eye. Let’s examine five common misconceptions your CISO may have shared with you.

1. Mobile Devices Are Secure

Mobile devices offer security protection to safeguard privacy and safety.

Cybersecurity errors can be passed along the chain of command from CISOs to employees. For instance, not using encryption at all when safeguarding sensitive company data could be seen as a potential red flag.

Mobile application management tools exist that can safeguard corporate data against leakage. Spyware detection and removal can be accomplished quickly and completely with dedicated security applications.

Mobile application management tools are an effective way to safeguard your company’s data and restrict employee access to corporate applications. Mobile threat defense applications enable you to monitor user activity quickly, allowing for swift action when needed.

Network Detection and Response are the newest terms in information security, illustrating just how quickly this sector is evolving.

Passwordless authentication is another innovative technology that simplifies password management and eliminates the risk of weak or re-used passwords.

2. Internet of Things as a gateway to your network

The Internet of Things (IoT), an emerging technology, enables connected devices to communicate with each other and the network. Smart home appliances, wearable fitness monitors, and many others are just some examples. IoT devices collect data about their environment and share it wirelessly over a secure connection with other devices; they automate processes while monitoring results.

Although IoT can be a beneficial asset for businesses, there are security risks. Hackers could potentially gain access to sensitive data or cause physical harm to devices. Fortunately, there are multiple methods available to reduce these threats.

Network core is the cornerstone of your network infrastructure. It oversees traffic, data forwarding, operations and security. To keep your infrastructure safe, restrict data transmission between devices.

3. Zero-day exploits can be considered a type of zero-day attack.

Zero-day exploits are malicious software programs that take advantage of unpatched vulnerabilities and can be used without the user’s knowledge to gain access to their computer or network systems.

An average attack involves malicious actors scanning websites and exploiting zero-day vulnerabilities to infect the target’s computer. This could lead to theft of personal information or unauthorised access to business records.

These attacks can be subtle and go undetected for some time. You can reduce damage and avoid zero-day attacks by implementing appropriate security measures.

Zero-day attacks often employ spyware or malware depending on their target, with the goal of gathering as much information about their victim as possible.

These viruses can infect web browsers, applications, operating systems and other software. Furthermore, they have been known to attack malicious media, IoT devices and hardware as well.

4. No need for a Chief Information Security Officer

Once you determine what it takes to become a CISO, there are steps you can take. Assess your skills and experience for the role; some certifications might be necessary as well as an undergraduate degree and cybersecurity expertise. After these qualifications have been acquired, start exploring your options.

Aspiring CISOs should prioritize networking, researching potential employers and attending industry conferences to find open positions. Doing so will give them a competitive advantage.

Once you have identified potential employers, take some time to get to know them better. Ask questions, explore their website, and discover what career opportunities exist there for you.

Your personal objectives should align with those of the business. Your dedication to security and innovation must be demonstrated.

5. Lack of Preparedness in the Face of Emerging Threats

Insufficient preparedness will not suffice when confronted with emerging threats, leading to greater vulnerability. Are you unprepared for the ever-evolving threat landscape? Creating a plan is paramount to your success.

Recent research reveals that many companies are unprepared for the rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape. Cybercriminals continue to take advantage of flaws in corporate IT systems, while cloud computing has only made data protection more challenging.

It is no shock that companies are having difficulty protecting their most important assets. BakerHostetler released a report which identified the top 10 types of cyberattacks in America, such as malware, spam and hacking as well as spyware and ransomware. Even well-protected companies remain vulnerable; according to one survey of cybersecurity professionals many respondents work for organizations with annual revenues below $500 million.

Cyber threat actors continue to exploit vulnerabilities in enterprise networks, despite the recent surge in cloud adoption. As organizations become more reliant on cloud-based services and applications for their operations, this trend will only worsen.

Ammar Fakhruddin


Ammar brings in 18 years of experience in strategic solutions and product development in Public Sector, Oil & Gas and Healthcare organizations. He loves solving complex real world business and data problems by bringing in leading-edge solutions that are cost effective, improve customer and employee experience. At Propelex he focuses on helping businesses achieve digital excellence using Smart Data & Cybersecurity solutions.

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