By Uri Rozenblat, Founder and CEO of Tech-Alert
Chess and cybersecurity have many similarities. Whether you are a business owner, employee, a mother, a father, or an individual at home, your goal is to protect your most valuable asset. In chess, you call that asset, the king.
In cybersecurity, it is your business, home, family, identity, etc.
Hackers and other malicious players are your opponents, trying to capture your king through sophisticated thought-out attacks. In chess, the game is mostly for fame, but in life, it’s usually for money or other malicious intent.
You know what a Pawn is. Do you know what it means to “have been Pwned?”
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Core concepts in chess or cybersecurity are to protect ourselves, detect the next attack, and respond quickly to foil our opponent’s attack.
In short, protect, detect, and respond are a must if we are to survive.
Protect: people have anti-virus and at least one person they consider their IT expert. Your mindset is I AM SECURE; the reality is that it’s A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY. Having a tool (anti-virus) that provides some security does not fully protect you. So, you have an anti-virus and IT person…
When was the last time you looked at your anti-virus log?
And, let’s say you opened the log and read some IT gibberish; what does it mean?
I don’t know IT all. Who is your expert security team with the experience to help with what you have to do next?
Detect and protect is where most of us fail. We live with a misconception that tools will protect us. A tool without someone to wield it is not very effective and mostly even useless. If you are that expert, that’s great, but most of us need real experts to protect and respond quickly to threats, just as chess players need good coaches to get to the next level.