Simplifying Cyber Security: Master the basics and embrace creativity
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Simplifying Cyber Security: Master the basics and embrace creativity

Published on
December 19, 2023

A streamlined approach focused on resilience and best practice.

For 35 years, Interactive has been a leading Australian managed service provider, helping organisations to navigate the complexities of an ever-evolving threat landscape.


Fred Thiele, the Group Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Interactive, recently shared insights at Cybercon, outlining what he perceives as the foundational pillars for CISO success.

Thiele advocates for a streamlined approach to cybersecurity, emphasising simplicity amidst the intricate landscape. He underscores the importance of returning to basics, particularly focusing on sustained hygiene practices.

"You've got to have good hygiene, not just once, not twice, but over a long period of time in order to stay cyber safe",
Fred Theile, Group CISO, Interactive

The three primary pillars Thiele highlights are vulnerability management, a good understanding of what an organisation has in its environment, and robust identity and access management. These pillars, serve as the bedrock before delving into a comprehensive cybersecurity program.

Offering a unique perspective, Pranjali Karve, a cyber defence analyst at Slipstream Cyber, brings her background in architecture and construction to the cybersecurity realm. Karve points out the role of creativity as a powerful tool against cyber threats. Karve suggests using techniques that challenge conventional thinking, as a means to spur innovative solutions to cybersecurity threats.

Now more than ever, businesses must take proactive measures to safeguard their assets. Whether through internal initiatives or leveraging external cybersecurity services, the focus should be on simplicity, sustained hygiene, and creative problem-solving.

In response to the escalating cyber challenges Interactive has significantly bolstered its capabilities with the strategic acquisition of Slipstream Cyber. Customers can now benefit from a comprehensive and advanced suite of cybersecurity solutions.

By adopting a strategic, adaptive, and creative mindset, organisations can fortify their defences and stay resilient in the face of emerging cyber threats. The key lies not only in understanding the pillars of cybersecurity success but also in implementing them as an integral part of a holistic cybersecurity strategy.

Partnering with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) adds an extra layer of expertise and support, ensuring that organisations not only comprehend these cybersecurity fundamentals but also effectively translate them into practical, safeguarding measures.

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