How to break free of one-dimensional security thinking – CyberTalk

Brian Linder is an Emerging Threats Expert and Evangelist in Check Point’s Office of the CTO, specializing in the modern secured workforce. Brian has appeared multiple times on CNBC, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, and NPR radio, and hosts Check Point’s CoffeeTalk Podcast and Weaponizers Underground, and has teamed on keynote CyberTalks at Check Point’s CPX360 events. For 20+ years, Brian has been an advisor at the C-level to firms big and small in financial, legal, and telecommunications, on next generation cyber security solutions and strategies for cloud, mobile, and network. Brian holds a B.S. in computer science from Drexel University and an M.S. in Information Science from the Pennsylvania State University. 

In recognition of National Computer Security Day, held each November 30th, we’re speaking with an esteemed industry expert about how you can exponentially elevate your cyber security – without breaking the bank or burning out.

As traditional security mentalities fade in relevance and new ones gradually replace them, cyber security leaders are living in limbo. Expert Brian Linder explains how to become part of the future while protecting your organization and your people.

This is how you can break free of one-dimensional thinking, achieve holistic cyber risk management excellence, and move your organization forward.

Why are security leaders feeling “stuck” when creating secure environments? 

Cyber security leaders are often trapped in a binary mindset – either your organization is secure, or it isn’t secure.

Leaders often feel that they’ve balanced the risks that are out there with the controls in-place; they’ve made the right investments, reduced the organization’s risk, and the best possible outcome has already been achieved.

However, given the evolution and unprecedented volume of threats, this mindset creates a real challenge for leaders.

What firms should be looking at are ways to achieve a very firm security stance throughout their organization by using security tools that are consolidated, that are comprehensive, and that aren’t addressing niches, but rather that address the totality of the threat landscape.

And that’s where we see a lot of solutions emerging.

Could you expand on that? 

Rather than looking at cyber security as a complex and binary problem (with emphasis on a lot of little solutions) look for a consolidated and comprehensive approach that’s evolving at the speed at which threats are evolving.

That’s the way to get out of the rut that you’re stuck in. Obviously, budgets and staffing aren’t going to change anytime soon – so you’ve got to learn to be creative with your budget. You’ve got to learn how to use your man-power that you have available.

And that’s where a really strong platform for cyber security can help, as it requires less man-power, the investment can be controlled, and it can get you out of that rut, and more importantly, reduce the risks that your organization is facing.

What are the top proactive steps that leaders can take to strengthen cyber security?

First and foremost, stop looking at cyber security as a collection of point solution issues. Stop looking at endpoint, user, server or cloud as separate domains to be addressed individually. Start to look at a consolidated approach to cyber security. There’s no other way to do it.

I’ll give an example: If leaders look at mobile devices separately from the cloud, separately from laptops, and separately from the data center server, leaders will find themselves completely overwhelmed. There won’t ever be enough budget to solve it, nor enough staffing. To snap out of that, it’s important to view devices and their interactions more holistically – at a much higher level, across your whole organization.

The threats that leaders face pervade all of those different domains – the user, the server, the cloud; in ways that we can’t even conceive of, even as experts. So, again, start looking more holistically. Start looking at the bigger picture.

My suggestion is to start at the top and to work all the way down, rather than starting at the bottom and working all the way up.

Humans are the weakest link. How can organizations encourage employees to become better stewards of cyber resources? 

I love this question. Why? It’s a trick question.

All of us need to acknowledge that, inevitably, humans are and always will be the weakest link in cyber security due to human nature. In turn, leaders have to develop comprehensive strategies that stretch across the organization to anticipate and defend against cyber attacks that exploit psychological vulnerabilities. These include on-the-fly user education, use of AI and ML tools for defense, and proactive measures to prevent user-driven threats.

I’d like to note that while user training is important, it’s not a comprehensive solution. And that’s been demonstrated over and over and over again, through decades of user experiences, where even the most sophisticated and educated of users are still clicking on phony links or answering those emails. Human nature is what it is.

To counteract this intractable problem, industry leaders are developing and advancing platforms that incorporate behavioral learning into threat prevention.

How would you recommend that organizations recognize National Computer Security Day? 

Well, I’m not a big fan of what I call Hallmark holidays, but what I do believe is that any moment (any week, any month, any day) where we can take notice of the challenges that we face in cyber security is a good day.

This particular day prompts us to make a mental note of how important cyber security is. And it hopefully also inspires our user communities to remain vigilant and to remain aware.

As we go into the holidays, in both the personal and professional spheres, we see the proliferation of scams and distractions. Given how easy it is for people to get swept up in a scam, National Computer Security Day is a good excuse for all of us to collectively take note of the fact that good cyber practices and a good strategy for defending against a fast-evolving threat landscape are needed.

So, I welcome the opportunity to honor National Computer Security Day and hope that organizations will leverage the moment to reappraise and reorient security programs for the betterment of security and society at-large.

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The Batman’s Robert Pattinson Suit Will Come With Arkham Trilogy On Switch

Last month, something odd happened in the streets of Gotham. With no prior announcement or fanfare, people booting up Batman: Arkham Knight were greeted with a skin from 2022’s The Batman starring Robert Pattinson. But then, as quickly as it appeared, it was removed, all without comment from the developers. While we still don’t know exactly why the skin was added accidentally, we know exactly why it was created: it’s a timed-exclusive suit launching with the Batman: Arkham Trilogy on Switch.

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The collection brings Rocksteady’s beloved trio of Batman games to Nintendo’s hybrid console, complete with all previously released DLC. The trilogy will also include the aforementioned suit from The Batman, but it won’t be limited to the Switch forever – other platforms will get access to the suit “at a later date.”

Game Informer, much like the rest of the gaming community, is a big fan of the trilogy, with all three games appearing on our list of best superhero games of all time. While it’s been eight years since the last game, Rocksteady has been hard at work ever since working on Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, which is set to come out on February 2, 2024. If you want to stick to the classics, Batman: Arkham Trilogy launches this Friday, December 1.

Undertale, Celeste, Untitled Goose Game, And More Join Among Us

Crossover skins are extremely commonplace for in-game stores in 2023, and Among Us is no different. Their latest collaborative effort introduces skins from a list of popular indie games; Undertale, Celeste, A Hat in Time, Crypt of the Necrodancer, Untitled Goose Game, Alien Hominid Invasion, and Castle Crashers. The cosmetics from all seven games will be included in a Cosmicube, which can be purchased with 7000 beans. The crossover includes 25 hats, 18 skins, 12 nameplates, 9 visors, and 6 pets. You can see a gallery of the featured skins below.

The update will also include a series of patches (which you can read right here) and will notably deprecate 2021 versions of the game, pushing players to use updated versions instead. “We’ve been supporting a lot of older versions of the game, and as it continues to grow and get new features, it gets harder to keep up,” the patch notes read. “We have to remove older versions so we can focus on improving our system for everyone. Make sure you update your game and thanks for understanding!”

This is the first update to Among Us since they added The Fungle, a new map that takes place in a fungus-infested jungle. You can watch the launch trailer right here.

Are you planning on trying out the new cosmetics in Among Us? Let us know in the comments!

Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Resumes Production, Reveals New Look At Shadow

We found out last August that Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was set to hit theaters on December 20, 2024, but a new teaser gave us another glimpse at its newest star: Shadow the Hedgehog.

I say “another” because Shadow briefly appears during Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s mid-credits scene, setting him up as presumably the antagonist of the third film. While we still don’t know his exact role or who will voice him, today’s image, posted above, provides a good look at Shadow below the neck (does he have a neck?), namely his signature air shoes. 

Production on Sonic the Hedgehog 3 had stalled due to the SAG-AFTRA strikes, and today’s update confirms work has resumed following the strike’s suspension. Jeff Fowler remains in the director’s chair, and the returning cast includes Ben Schwartz (Sonic), Colleen O’Shaughnessey (Tails), Idris Elba (Knuckles), and James Marsden (Tom Wachowski).

Whatever the third film entails, it has one heck of an act to follow. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was a box office smash, becoming the highest-grossing video game film of all time in the U.S. until The Super Mario Bros. Movie took that crown earlier this year. A live-action TV spin-off starring Knuckles is also in the works and slated to release early next year. 

The Post Holiday Rush Backlog Episode | GI Show

The year is not over yet, but arguably its biggest rush of video game releases have completed, which means now we actually need to play all of them. Or at least play as many as we can. On this week’s episode Marcus Stewart, Kyle Hilliard, and Charles Harte discuss the games they’re trying to catch up on including The Talos Principle 2 and Dave the Diver, and of course Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Batman Arkham Knight, and Grounded. We also answer questions from the community and reflect on our 2023 Thanksgiving meals.

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The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join host Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from around the industry. Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.

The Game Informer Show – Podcast Timestamps:

00:00:00 – Intro
00:06:33 – Thanksgiving Dinner Favorites
00:32:26 – Super Mario Bros. Wonder
00:37:11 – The Talos Principle
00:44:45 – Dave The Diver
00:49:57 – Inscryption
00:53:46 – Kena: Bridge of Spirits
00:59:29 – Grounded
01:05:05 – Batman: Arkham Knight
01:10:28 – Housekeeping and Listener Questions

Surreal ‘Road-Lite’ Driving Survival Game Pacific Drive Gets February Launch Date

After suffering a delay to next year, we now know that the driving-focused roguelite survival game Pacific Drive is arriving on February 22.

The news comes courtesy of today’s PC Gaming Show: Most Wanted. Pacific Drive is a first-person adventure that unfolds in a surreal version of the Pacific Northwest. Players drive a station wagon to explore a forest filled with supernatural threats related to a government agency’s experiments gone wrong. Check out a recent story trailer below.  

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As a run-based game, the world shifts with every trip into the forest, and the only thing keeping you alive is your trusty vehicle, which you’ll repair, reinforce, and modify using materials found while exploring the unsettling landscapes. Your car will need to stay up to snuff in order to withstand dangers such as the Zone Storm, a recurring maelstrom that obliterates everything in its path, meaning players will have to outrun it to stay alive. 

Pacific Drive will be available on PlayStation 5 and PC. For more on the game, you can check out our extended preview of the game here.

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