The Top Three Cybersecurity Threats In 2022: WatchGuard

‘It all boils down to the fact that we focus a lot on preventing the assignment and unfortunately not a lot on identifying, detecting and responding to those threats,’ says Marc Laliberte, director of security operations for WatchGuard Technologies.

On average it takes 207 days to identify a breach, according to Marc Laliberte, director of security operations for WatchGuard Technologies, a Seattle-based network security firm.

Laliberte spoke at CRN parent company’s The Channel Company’s XChange 2022 event in Denver this week to speak about the top cyber threats in the security landscape in 2022.

“What we do is basically just keep our finger on the pulse of security and take the information we get from our customers,” he said. “It all boils down to the fact that we focus a lot on preventing the assignment and unfortunately not a lot on identifying, detecting and responding to those threats.”

He said the reality is there are types of threats that can interact with some of an organization’s defenses. If they don‘t have a good, layered effect and tools to identify that activity and responsibility, they’re going to end up with a months-long span of breach activity and not knowing about it.

“One of the reasons that it takes so long to find some of these threats is because these days, it‘s easier than ever to create evasive malware that makes the attacks,” he said.

Bill Butler, CEO of Dallas-based MSP Dallas Network Services, said the threat landscape is constantly changing and what can be attacked is growing all the time.

“We live in a scary world,” he told CRN. “It used to be just a PC, now it’s your data is everywhere, so you have to constantly check. I think that knowing what the threats are is the biggest takeaway, and knowing you need help.

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