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Navigating Tomorrow’s Threats: Darren Humphries, Acora’s CISO Talks Trends That Will Take Center Stage in 2024

Accomplished CISO Darren Humphries, of Acora, Emerges as a Key Figure to Watch in the Evolving Cybersecurity Landscape. He gives his insights for 2024.

In the dynamic cybersecurity landscape of 2024, Darren Humphries emerges as a standout figure to watch. With a background in consulting for Fortune 10 and 100 companies, he brings a wealth of experience to the table, navigating the ever-evolving challenges in the cybersecurity space.

Darren’s active engagement in leading-edge cybersecurity dialogues showcases his awareness of current threats and his ability to provide insights into the rapidly changing threat landscape. His expertise in areas like artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing reflects an understanding of how emerging technologies shape the cybersecurity landscape.

The industry has a growing need for adaptable leaders who can navigate not only the technical aspects of cybersecurity but also align security measures with organisational culture. As Acora‘s CISO, Darren exemplifies such adaptable leadership, emphasising results and process refinement.

Here are Darrens thoughts on what 2024 has in store for the industry, 

“In 2024 AI and natural language will be taking centre stage in our forward looking threat landscape. AI is posing a risk due to two different themes; attackers using AI to train malware to bypass defender security controls and AI helping the attackers with knowledge to refine social engineering and phishing attacks. 

This in itself is bad. However, with attackers using tools such as ChatGPT, they are adding either another layer of machine generated anonymity, or worse, purposely making the attack look like a false flag attribution of the attacker which will cause complexities with cyber insurance.

Defenders are also using AI in the arms race to help with faster access to knowledge about attackers, the types of tools and techniques used and generating suggestions for actions a defender may take. However, the over reliance on AI / Natural language tools could lead to bias or wrongly trained AI models suggesting the wrong actions or providing the wrong or biassed information needed to make decisions.

Automation of business process (RPA) is a continued growth area for business to optimise. As with the adoption of innovative technologies they introduce technical depth and cyber requirements such as using, sharing, processing more data, faster.  Automation will need to be carefully risk managed and have the right pace of continuous adoption applied.

Supply chain risk is also high on the cyber agenda. There is an increase in cyber incidents driving more mature regulations and compliance as seen by U.S SEC or the EU DORA regulations. One stat shows a supply chain incident increase +608% for this year. 

Attackers will continue to attack the weak link. As organisations spend on their own cyber strategy and controls, an immature approach to supply chains, which are outside of people’s control, will lead to an increased reliance on ways to score and collect evidence to show good cyber practices rather than simply rely on trust”. 

The intersection of cybersecurity with emerging technologies is a focal point. Darren’s contributions to discussions highlight his forward-thinking approach. These technologies present both opportunities and challenges, and Darren’s involvement suggests an active awareness of their impact on cybersecurity strategies.

His collaborative participation in think tanks underlines his commitment to shaping the trajectory of cybersecurity, contributing to the development of strategies that will be instrumental in meeting the evolving landscape’s demands.

Within the intricate cybersecurity landscape of 2024, Darren Humphries stands out as a leader who not only understands the current challenges but is actively engaged in shaping the future. His expertise, adaptability, and forward-thinking approach position him as a key player in an environment where staying ahead is crucial.

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