The New Information Landscape is Changing How Security Leaders Work

This article was originally featured in Security Magazine

Imagine a scenario many security practitioners are familiar with: A bizarre post on an obscure social media account surfaces. It could be construed as a threat against a company executive. But it’s unclear. To further complicate the situation, a different executive at the organization has recently been under public scrutiny, and the security team has been swamped monitoring related issues. 

So what does an investigator do with a single ambiguous social media post when their workload bandwidth is already thin? It can’t be ignored, but as it stands, that post is only a single data point — a basis for concern, but maybe not for any action. 

What’s needed are multiple sources of data collected and connected to assess and confirm the risk more accurately. In these situations, Google was once a revelation, and it’s still significantly better than piecemeal, manual research processes. But search results displayed in a list need helpful context, and only a few people get beyond the first page — not to mention the copious amounts of information that don’t appear in a typical Google search. It’s not enough. 

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Chuck Randolph