2022 Cyberthreat Trends and the Need for New Cyber EducationCyberTheory's Steve King on 2022 Cyber Risk Report, Why Current Cyber Ed Is Flawed
Threats from API and application vulnerabilities increased in 2022, but ransomware, human error and hygiene continue to pose the greatest threats to organizations, according to findings from CyberTheory's 2022 Performance Study.
Findings from the study illustrate that the biggest obstacle to improving the state of cybersecurity is "people-related" issues, says Steve King, managing director of CyberTheory, Information Security Media Group's full-service cybersecurity marketing advisory firm.
For example, while "everybody loves the idea of zero trust," few organizations have actually implemented a successful program. That's because "people have a complete misunderstanding of what zero trust is and what its objectives are," says King, who also leads CyberEd.io.
To address cybersecurity education gaps, ISMG is soon to launch the CyberEd.io platform, which will provide cyber education and training globally at all levels - from entry-level applicants to midlevel professionals and senior practitioners and C-suite executives.
Up until now, online cybersecurity training and education has been "fragmented" and "missing the mark," King says.
"When we set out to design our e-learning platform, we wanted to create something that would be groundbreaking. Realizing that one of the great weaknesses of current e-learning programs is that they are self-directed, we decided to deliver ours through a managed services model, bound by SLAs," he says.
In this video interview with ISMG, King discusses:
- The main cybersecurity risks that accelerated in 2022 and are likely to present serious challenges this year;
- The biggest obstacles - technical and nontechnical - to improving the state of cybersecurity;
- The launch of CyberEd.io, an education platform that will provide hands-on upskilling and reskilling for security professionals.
King, director of cybersecurity advisory services at Information Security Media Group, is an experienced cybersecurity professional who has served in senior leadership roles in technology development for the past 19 years. He has founded nine startups, including Endymion Systems and seeCommerce and has held leadership roles in marketing and product development, operating as CEO, CTO and CISO for several startups, including Netswitch Technology Management. King also served as CIO for Memorex and was the co-founder of the Cambridge Systems Group. He has been granted numerous engineering patents.