Raytheon’s Jon Check: Agency CISOs Should Advance Optimization to Make Cyber Budget Go Further

Jon Check, senior director of cyber protection solutions at Raytheon’s intelligence, information and services business, said agency chief information security officers seeking to make their cybersecurity funds stretch further should look at their priorities.

Check wrote in a GCN article published Thursday that agency CISOs should assess their hiring approach and determine whether their cyber tools are updated and capable to address the current security threats.

Agencies should advance optimization by investing in training initiatives and tapping hiring experts to help optimize security platforms, he wrote.

“Custom content is the fuel that drives much of the advanced capabilities offered in many security tools. A simple way to optimize these tools is to ensure that the library of parsers, rules, reports and other pieces of custom content can be easily deployed to detect threats that simple detection rules or signatures cannot,” Check noted.

Check said agencies should equip security teams with analytics, threat intelligence and automated security tools to protect their networks from cyber attacks.

“For those agencies facing the brain drain or that don’t have the bandwidth to optimize their security environment, an alternative option is to seek out a cyber-as-a-service provider, a partner that can deliver outcome-based solutions and remove the burden of tool ownership and talent acquisition,” he suggested.

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