Michael Hermus of Homeland Security Gives Cybersecurity Advice

October 10, 2017

6:30 pm

If you aren’t making cybersecurity a priority at your business, where have you been? Between countless global cyber attacks and privacy concerns across the consumer landscape, ignoring cybersecurity is foolish at best and negligent at worst. Fortunately, Michael Hermus, CTO for the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the Department of Homeland Security, has come to Innovate Celebrate to talk about the ever important subject.

Hermus is undeniably the person to take advice from in regards to cybersecurity. In his role, Hermus integrates the President’s national security, innovation, and emerging technologies priorities with the DHS mission, all while being responsible for following future trends in the security realm of technology, and preparing and protecting the department from any emergent security threats or weaknesses.

If you want to hear what Michael Hermus had to say, watch the fireside chat below and check out some of the main points below:

Being Prepared 

You might think your company has everything it needs to fend of cyber attackers. Unfortunately, with constantly change trends, you can never be fully prepared unless your always updating your security measures.

“It’s hard to ever say you’re ever 100 percent prepared. The reality is we’re living in a world that is effectively an arms race,” said Hermus.

The Problem

The cybersecurity battlefield is far from equal. As Hermus points out, defenders of company data and systems have a much harder job than the hackers trying to take it all away.

“It’s kind of an asymmetric situation. The attackers only need to succeed once, where the defenders need to succeed all the time.”

What Are You Doing Wrong?

With all the stress of looming cybersecurity threats, it can be difficult to know what you’re supposed to do to prevent them. However, as Hermus puts it, the basics are more important than anything else.

“If you look at many of the successful attacks that have happened in recent times, a lot of it boils down to is not doing the basics properly.”

Acknowledgement and Awareness

So what are the basics? At this point in the game, just admitting you have a problem and driving awareness can go a long way in making sure you don’t fall victim to one of these devastating attacks.

“The first way to prepare an organization is acknowledging the problem and driving awareness of this rapidly accelerating change in the landscape.”

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Senior Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Senior Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at [email protected].

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