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What Cybersecurity Practitioners Can Learn from Honeybees

Monday, September 26
2:35 pm - 3:25 pm EDT

You can learn a lot about cybersecurity best practices from studying honeybees. Organizationally--and operationally--honeybee colonies function a lot like cybersecurity teams. Much like a cybersecurity organization, a honeybee colony is an inter-connected superorganism. Individuals progress through lifecycle stages while protecting against external--and internal--threats. A honeybee colony’s number one goal is good decision-making to ensure the security and propagation of the hive. This means continuously assessing risk, detecting threats, responding to attacks, preventing intrusions, and closing hive security gaps. Honeybee colonies must defend their hives from a large variety of pests, thieves, and intruders that attack. Some of these threats include the robbing of stored honey by outside, invading bees (data exfiltration), parasitic “zombie” bees (insider threats), and preventing the introduction and spread of colony-devastating bee viruses inside of the hive (malware). When resources are limited, they must allocate their efforts towards the most important tasks for survival. Effective and efficient communication between the members of a colony means a better chance. Despite superorganism status, honeybees use a standardized process to democratically make the best decisions possible--sometimes tough choices--in the interest of colony security and survival. Join this informative talk that will teach you a little about bees while sharing how to look at your cybersecurity program from another paradigm.

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