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Security Defender Insights: “bad actors are using intelligence and automatic tools, we need to surpass those abilities”

Jocelyn Chan / January 27, 2021

In this new series, Security Defender Insights, Detectify is recognizing Security Defenders in our network to bring you actionable insights and inspiration for your security strategies in 2021. 

We want to encourage open discussions about web security and show appreciation for hard-working security practitioners. So let’s get started with this interview with Roberto Arias Alegria, Information Security Architect at Quandoo.

Security Defender Insights from Roberto Adrias, Quandoo

How has COVID-19 impacted your org’s security awareness or practices in the last year?

Although we were already a fully cloud-based company and remote work was relatively common, we decided to double-down on security awareness training for everyone, emphasizing early detection. As anyone could be working from any network in a remote set-up, the “perimeter” is removed. This prompted us to rethink our own VPN and how people use it.

Have you seen any increased attempts of any web attacks or vulnerabilities? 

There’s an increase in phishing and what appears to be spear-phishing attempts towards the organization. I guess that’s because cybercriminals already know that most German companies were working from home, and they expect the “CEO fraud” tactic to be more successful. Fortunately, our employees are vigilant of this and report such events to us quickly.

What measures have you taken to strengthen your Infosecurity practices in 2020? 

The baseline measures never get old! Security professionals with technical backgrounds (like myself) sometimes forget about this. 

One of the big wins was enforcing 2FA across the organization. It proved to be useful for improving security during the lockdown.

Which Detectify features do you find most valuable for your information security?

The pre-classification of vulnerabilities is very useful as they’re put in context. It’s impossible to simultaneously remove all kinds of vulnerabilities, so prioritization has to occur; this is a known fact. The ranking of vulnerabilities that Detectify provides is quite useful for this purpose, and it’s a time-saver! 

What will be your main security focus in 2021?

Early detection. More proactive and intelligent security is a must now. As the bad actors are raising the bar on using intelligence and automatic tools, we need to match (or surpass!) those abilities. We can do this by using the best in breed next-generation SIEM tools that can do early detection of unknown attacks simpler and at a scale.

We want to thank Roberto for sharing his Security Defender Insights for a more secure 2021. If you’re interested in connecting with Roberto, you can find him on Linkedin.


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