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With October serving as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Verizon Business leaders weighed in on some key trends, insights, and actionable advice for leaders across a variety of segments. Additionally, Verizon Business has created a series of industry tip sheets with custom insights relevant not just for Cybersecurity Awareness Month but for year round.

Verizon Business has long been at the forefront of helping enterprises stay ahead of cyber security challenges. In fact, 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center (VTRAC). The VTRAC team authors Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), one of the foremost pieces of research shaping the industry.

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Financial Services: Tony Lutz, Global Financial Services practice leader highlights some of the types of attacks that the financial services industry needs to be most aware of, and actionable advice to help a business stay vigilant against potential attacks. A tip sheet is also available for download.

Retail: James Hughes, Retail CTO of Verizon Business highlights the role of pending regulatory compliance changes (PCI 4.0) and some of the imperatives shaping the industry. Additionally, he highlights how employing a zero-trust model can help limit potential threats especially with a diverse ecosystem of customers, suppliers, and internal employees all being a potential source of attacks.

Media & Entertainment: Josh Arensberg, Media & Entertainment CTO of Verizon Business highlights some of the unique challenges of the segment, how the possible high value of content for studios and networks alike can open up unique ransomware threats. Arensberg also highlights how even advancements in the industry from connected television and streaming can potentially cause new cybersecurity threats particularly for customer data.

Manufacturing: Michael Weller, Practice Leader, Manufacturing, Energy and Utilities at Verizon Business discusses how as the manufacturing industry moves forward into Industry 4.0, advances in supply chain digitization and connected manufacturing have also potentially opened up potential threats. Specifically, Weller points to how a Denial of Service (DoS) attack can shut down entire supply chains crippling a company’s ability to maintain day-to-day operations.

Healthcare: Gary Lynch, Practice Leader, Healthcare and Life Sciences at Verizon Business, discusses the role of the human element – both in leading potential cybersecurity threats, but more importantly their role in developing and maintaining best practices. Lynch highlights how planting malware through social engineering breaches can often occur with frontline hospital and healthcare staffing. Through proper security policies and day-to-day vigilance, the sector is well positioned to contain the risk of cyber threats from bad actors.

Small Business: Mike Caralis, Vice President of Verizon Business Markets, highlights that while small businesses have made incredible strides in leveraging similar technologies as larger firms, they more often than not do not have the same level of resources as larger enterprises. That being said, Caralis discusses the role of employee training in maintaining best practices, potentially putting the small business in a better position to prevent an attack than without such training.

Additionally, tip sheets for both Global Enterprises and the Public Sector are available for download.


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