How the Last Big Breach Will Help You Prepare for the Next Cyber Crisis


Sarah Armstrong-Smith, chief security advisor at Microsoft, advised security teams to take use of the failings of the past to modify incident response procedures in a significant way during UK Cyber Week 2023

According to Armstrong-Smith, the idea of “black swan” events, which are so uncommon and improbable that they cannot be foreseen, is a “fallacy.” These occurrences include the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, and the COVID-19 pandemic, both of which had a number of comparable incidents that should have allowed authorities to be prepared. For instance, the years before COVID-19 saw two earlier coronavirus outbreaks.

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