Cybersecurity strategy in Mexico: A long way to go

For some companies in Mexico, Latin America and around the world, having a cybersecurity strategy continues to be a matter of investment and bulk technological equipment, leaving behind the issue of training, personnel and talent, which has led them to have poorly targeted planning in the face of advanced cyber-attacks faced by corporations.

Cybersecurity strategy: He said they have met with companies that have tools from 3, 5 or even 10 years ago. Image: Pixabay
Cybersecurity strategy: He said they have met with companies that have tools from 3, 5 or even 10 years ago. Image: Pixabay

"Many of the largest companies in Mexico and Latin America and the world, some lack cybersecurity strategies and their strategy is: pull the cables, disconnect and let's see what happened and there are several cases that show that this is not the right strategy," said Paris Valladares, CEO of Kaspersky in Mexico.

The executive said that what happens in Mexico in issues of cyberattacks is worrying because the region ranks first in Latin America of this type of incidents and if corporations, companies or companies do not address these problems with appropriate strategies and well-directed, it will be difficult to avoid these risks.

"Why is this, because obviously, we need to have a more robust cybersecurity culture in Mexico. Our CEOS, CFOS, need to start thinking differently, there are many who already do it definitively, but there are others who don't. We need to start thinking differently. The last attacks, we are talking about the last two years, have been totally different, and the tools they have as an inheritance are not enough to be able to protect."

In the framework of the Kaspersky Cybersecurity Summit 2019, the director pointed out that currently, some companies in Mexico have an inheritance, a legacy of equipment and obsolete technology that is obsolete for today's security challenges.

"Before having a firewall or some virus, it was to be protected, today is not enough. We need apart from those tools, personnel who think differently that are trained and prepared and certified, investing in our engineers is super vital. When we start talking about budgets with companies, we almost always fall into the same thing, we are investing in renewing, in inheriting technology from 3, 5 or 10 years ago," Valladares said.

The first thing that comes to light is when CEOs question whether all that investment that has been made has not served or has simply been a futile expense because the required results have not had the success expected to attack the new security threats.

"How to justify all those devices we already have from the past and now I have to renew and change everything. The first question the CEO asks is, "So everything we did was wrong, all this investment was thrown away or what's going on?".

Paris Valladares says that there are several areas of opportunity in the country and that there is still a long way to go in the area of cybersecurity, especially in the area of strategy creation.

It summarizes it as a culture of cybersecurity at all levels, from the CEO to the lowest levels of a corporation and that in general, it is understood that the attacks and risks are already others and have migrated and that without intelligence and planning it will be difficult for companies to stop the new attacks.

By Mexicanist Source Agencies

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