October 1st marked the commencement of the 20th annual Cyber Security Awareness Month, as sponsored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). This initiative is designed to underscore the significance of safeguarding business and personal data — year-round.

In this article, we’re privileged to have three dynamic and forward-thinking CISOs from Check Point share their insights into the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape, especially in the context of the AI-driven era.

These CISOs stress the urgency of making strategic adjustments to security practices, acknowledging that the old paradigm of static security controls no longer suffices in today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape.

Let’s hear directly from the experts:

Vivek Gullapalli

CISOs must take a different approach in the age of AI and not expect the conventional, static security controls to able to stand up to new threats. Adopt the ‘art of war’ to leapfrog your cyber security program — using AI by bringing a consolidated, platform-based approach that offers unified visibility and management across all the security controls within the organization.

In addition, it’s worth noting that almost 99% of cyber attacks start with a delivery mechanism that relies on phishing links sent via email, chat, a collaboration platform or social media. AI can be extremely effective in both identifying and preventing related zero days and bringing in a higher level of power to protect your organization.

Pete Nicoletti

For security professionals, every day of the year is focused on security awareness, but during Cyber Security Awareness Month, we get to expand our message, strategies, and paranoia from the security team to include all members of our company, colleagues, and even family.

Cyber-related risks, costs and consequences are still increasing, showing that we are not winning. So our job, efforts and use of AI, as security professionals, needs to be redoubled.

Our society is being impacted and put at risk. That can be minimized with effective, mature, and funded security programs.  We need to get the message out to everyone during Cyber Security Awareness Month to become part of the solution for reducing cyber-risks to our world. Everyone has a part to play, from the help desk to the Board of Directors!

Marco Eggerling

AI came to stay, but few companies leverage the true potential of AI yet. Put it to work for you and always keep an eye on underlying data quality. Check Point employs AI in our tech stack to make the world a safer place, and we believe AI was built to serve this exact purpose.

Further thoughts

As these CISOs indicated, some of the most notable emerging threats derive from the rapid maturation, stealth and proliferation of artificial intelligence.

Therefore, ensure that your cyber ecosystem both harnesses AI for security and also secures AI-based technologies.

Together, let’s strengthen our cyber security posture and protect our digital world, recognizing that cyber security is a year-round commitment, not just a monthly observance.

For more Cyber Security Awareness Month insights, click here. For additional CISO insights, please see CyberTalk.org’s past coverage. Lastly, to receive timely cyber security insights and cutting-edge analyses, please sign up for the cybertalk.org newsletter.