Step into Reality, “Neo” CISO: Lessons from the Matrix

Next week is Oscars week and I can’t help but think of one of the most popular films to capture the essence of cybersecurity, The matrix. The film has long been loved by security professionals for highlighting our current reality: digital transformation opens our world to innovation but also brings new security threats. This idea is repeated again in The Matrix Resurrections, the final film in the trilogy, where it is revealed that the Matrix, a simulated reality created by intelligent machines to subdue the human population, is more dangerous and stronger than before. Much like The Matrix, cyber threats are also becoming more sophisticated and intense.

Illusion versus reality

A recurring theme in the Matrix the trilogy is the idea of ​​illusion versus reality. The main character, Mr. Anderson, aka Neo, continually struggles to decide whether he wants to experience true reality or enter The Matrix, where illusion will rule his life.

Today’s CISOs are no different from Neo, as they must also face the reality of protecting their organization from increasing cyber threats or operating under the delusion that their organization is ready to fend off a cyberattack. .

Most CISOs don’t have an accurate view of their cybersecurity posture because they have gaps in their asset inventory, don’t know their likelihood of being breached, or can’t measure the potential impact of a breach on their business. Without proper information, the right decisions cannot be made and the right actions are not prioritized, leaving organizations open to security compromises. To solve this problem, CISOs need tools that allow them to continuously analyze their attack surface and improve their ability to prioritize and measure risk.

If you fear operating under an illusion of security, Balbix can expose the reality of your cybersecurity posture and help you manage your risks.

Asset discovery leads to visibility

Asset inventory should be the foundation of every organization’s cybersecurity program. Yet the company’s assets are constantly changing. Inventory of Balbix Assets uses AI to automatically and continuously discover, analyze and inventory all assets. This allows organizations to maintain an accurate and up-to-date asset inventory that is real-time and highly accessible.

Balbix can help CISOs see their true cybersecurity posture by discovering and analyzing their assets, just like we did for a global telecommunications company which identified 158% more assets, resulting in huge cost savings.

Vulnerability management helps prioritize important risks

Even with an effective asset inventory management system, organizations struggle to understand which assets are most at risk and most important. Balbix Risk-Based Vulnerability Management (Balbix RBVM) provides complete visibility into all asset types and attack vectors, and helps security teams focus on the vulnerabilities that pose the greatest risk to their business at any given time. This information can allow organizations to prioritize and remediate vulnerabilities that have the greatest impact and reduce the likelihood of a breach.

Quantifying your risk improves decision making

The ability to accurately quantify risk is critical to making the right decisions about your organization’s security posture. Balbix Cyber ​​Risk Quantification (CRQ) autonomously and continuously ingests data from a wide variety of sources to calculate the business impact and likelihood of a breach in monetary terms. This provides key stakeholders in the organization with a financial approach to managing cybersecurity issues with greater confidence and speed.

It’s not too late to face reality

It’s not too late to change the script if you’re still operating under an illusion. Just as Neo made the decision to face the reality that the Matrix was wrong, Balbix can help you confidently face the reality of your cybersecurity posture and manage the most critical risks to your business.

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