It’s holiday blockbuster season! The time of year when the big screens are full of movie releases that are expected to pull in the crowds that want to watch Marvel and DC Comic heroes unite to save the world. They come from all realms to fight the dark forces that threaten humanity. Together they will save the planet and it usually happens while the human race is blissfully unaware of the dangers that lurk in unknown territories, as they work silently and slowly to initiate our demise and take over the planet.
These stories are engaging, thrilling, and by the way, who makes up this stuff? That would never happen ‘in the real world’ right? Well, what if we told you about the recent appointment of the man known as the Dark Tangent (who also goes by his earthly name of Jeff Moss), a prominent leader in the hacking community, to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) advisory committee? Known as a white-hat hacker, Jeff is joining forces with this group of elite individuals who are united in their fight against the dark world of cybercrime. They are coming together to offset the danger created by the men and women who do their work on the Dark Web. Cybercrime isn’t just happening in the dark rooms of foreign shores, sometimes the danger is right here, and the “bad guys” (and gals!) are infiltrating the very businesses that keep our infrastructure running. Healthcare, banking, and even the smallest of family-owned businesses are their target, with no one overlooked as a potential hit.
You’re On the Squad
Recently CISA Director Jen Easterly said, “We’re at a pivotal moment in our history—one that demands we think anew about ensuring the security and resilience of our digital infrastructure in the face of increasingly sophisticated cyber threats. That’s why I couldn’t be more pleased that some of our nation’s best thinkers have agreed to join our Cybersecurity Advisory Committee”. The directive is simple and the threat is clear. We must work together to address the threat of cybercrime and that includes all of us. And while those 23 individuals and leaders of the tech community on the CISA advisory board will come together to make broader decisions, you as an MSP are on the team too. You’re the boots on the ground.
It sounds so cinematic, but it is reality, and for those of us who work in the cybersecurity industry, we need to make sure that our clients know that a real threat and danger exists beyond the big screen when it comes to cybersecurity. Our khakis and golf shirts might not be as impressive as the suits worn by the Marvel team, but our ability to save them from demise is equally important! Human error can lead to far greater damage than a stolen password.
As we enter December, a month notorious for scams and holiday cybercrime, straighten your cape and remain steadfast in your efforts to strengthen the superhuman firewall that you oversee. Let the blockbusters stay on the big screen and you stay focused on protecting the smaller screens like those on the monitors, phones, and other devices that reside within your own realm. Together, we can do this!