Why it’s important to know your weaknesses
published on January 10, 2021
By VINCENT COOK
It’s never fun to discover a new weakness, whether it’s business or personal, but sometimes a little bit of introspection can be the best way to develop new ways to move forward. This can be done in a few ways depending on how you and your business operate. If it suits you more, the process can be a statistical fact-finding mission to identify inefficiencies and risks in your business. If that isn’t quite your thing, it can be a people-centred review of where things can and sometimes do go wrong. Every business and every team will have their own way to get to know their weaknesses, and as long as they get the job done, they’re all valid.
Especially in our field, where so much importance is placed on knowing where vulnerabilities can be found, it is absolutely key to know your own vulnerabilities. Not only can we better develop strategies to defend ourselves, but we can use this knowledge to help our colleagues and our clients. Knowing more than we need to can’t hurt at all. It’s also good to remember that in cyber security there may be some competition for clients and reputation, we are still joined together in our cause of doing all we can to eliminate cybercrime. We have to be able to accept and identify our own weaknesses if we have any chance of properly identifying vulnerabilities in others.
When we know our weaknesses, it is how we use this knowledge that can be the make or break of the process. We have to be ready to take the new knowledge of the vulnerabilities that can be exploited and use it to develop novel ways to either close off those weaknesses or to counter any attempt at their exploitation. We can then make use of these strategies to the benefit of other businesses in cyber security or our clients. The specific strategies will differ based on the specific weaknesses that are identified, for example a weakness created by human error will need a different response than a technical or mechanical one of course. Just like so much of cyber security work, there’s no manual to follow, and each problem will have to be solved on its own merits and with a little bit of brainpower. In our opinion, what makes this process of introspection and problem-solving so powerful is how it can be applied to more than just our own business. We can build upon the knowledge we learn from ourselves and use it to great effect on the issues others may be encountering.
In the field of cyber security, where so much can be gained and lost on the finest of margins, we think self-awareness is an absolutely essential quality for a business and its team to have. We cannot afford to overestimate our capabilities, because that will lead to false senses of security. We have to be ultra aware of the limits of our skills and our technologies, as that will allow us to provide accurate predictions for our clients, but it will also drive us forward to develop new strategies and methods for moving cyber security forward.
It’s what inspired us to develop Close Digital Protection to properly assess a business’ existing risks. We think you can’t start to develop ways to protect a business from cyber-attacks when you don’t even know what parts of it need to be protected. In cyber security we sit at the forefront of the development of new ways of protecting individuals and businesses online. To do the best job we can, we have to have all the knowledge we can possibly gather, and to do that we have to know ourselves as well as we want to know our clients.
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