I subscribe to a newsletter from Gary Burnison, CEO of Korn Ferry.

His messages address a wide variety of career and personal issues in a thoughtful and educational manner. A recent Special Edition message was titled Exceeding Potential. It specifically addressed how opportunities present themselves and how to view and leverage them.

He closed his message with this statement:

It’s true that leaders are in the “what,” “how,” and the “when” business. But, ultimately, we all must be in the “opportunity” business—because exceeding potential is not just about each of us, it’s about all of us.

As a “Trust, but verify” cybersecurity professional, I considered Gary’s message and shifted the paradigm a bit. The shift is based on my passion and what I chose as my business career, IT security and compliance.

We can shift the idea of opportunities for law-abiding citizens to the world of criminal opportunists.

There have been studies that analyze and try to determine why criminals do what they do. The studies show that it’s not always because they are bad people who are prone to breaking the law; sometimes, it’s the opportunities that present themselves.

With that in mind, let’s consider for a moment how the pandemic has impacted our respective businesses and the opportunities they have presented.

Key Cybersecurity Challenges for 2021

Remote access and remote workforces are not new; they are opportunities that our respective organizations have provided as a convenience for us to perform our jobs. In the modern age we live in, we all have some level of access to our corporate networks and systems, whether that is checking our email on our smartphones or having full remote access to our mission-critical business systems.

The Pandemic has dramatically increased the number of employees working remotely, and this has subsequently increased (Read more...)