Addressing “fatalism” in cyber security: Are we powerless to change events or do we make our own choices?

Dr. Randy Burkhead, security consultant at AT&T Cybersecurity, discusses "fatalism" and the outdated approaches to cyber security that are holding organisations back and why knowing your enemy is the key to success when looking at the ever-changing threat landscape.

There is a prevailing viewpoint among security professionals that security breaches are inevitable. They have adopted the mantra, “It is not a matter of if but a matter of when.” Even to this day, this attitude has been observed and used to justify accepting easy to mitigate security risks. This ethos is nothing new and it has a name: “fatalism.”