A Q&A with Raheel Qureshi

Jacqueline: What gets you excited about the Cybersecurity industry?

Raheel: Each day is a different problem to solve, a new type of threat to track. The constant evolution of cybersecurity has also fostered a sense of collaboration across multiple industries. When I think of the power and impact cross-collaboration can have on expediting the maturity model of cybersecurity, it’s very exciting.

The landscape of cybersecurity is very large as it focuses on people, process and technology. And, behind all of that is data—the availability, integrity and confidentiality of information which has become a target for steep ransomware attacks.

Each domain within cybersecurity requires knowledge and being able to apply the thinking across all different domains. This gets me excited and energized to assist our customers with a solution that will protect them for years to come.

Being smarter and faster to the race keeps us one step ahead of hackers. Leading the race and helping customers stay ahead of the hacking game motivates me to be at my best every day for customers.

J: This year Calian purchased iSecurity—the company you co-founded—and Computex, which serves the U.S. market out of Houston, TX. What can we expect from the team as we move into 2023?

R: This is the transformation year for Calian ITCS. We are expanding our services footprint, offering a greater breadth of resources and innovative solutions that help healthcare, defense, retail, government and other industries, such as fintech, as they navigate through the ever-changing cyber landscape.

J: There is a lot of noise around cybersecurity, but if we were to cut to the chase, what should organizations be most concerned about as we approach 2023?

R: Many organizations are refreshing their technology footprint as the need grows for easier access to information. Traditionally, things used to be within the four walls, however, the pandemic has taught us a new way of working. With this shift, organizations are now executing on their approved budget for application and infrastructure modernization.

This provides new targets that threat actors will look out for. Risks include:

J: Do you think most companies consider cybersecurity to be a top priority today?

R: Some industries are faster to adopt best practices than others, but I would say that over the past couple of years cybersecurity awareness has exploded. We are starting to see members of the board and executives start to educate themselves on cybersecurity best practices. Board members have started to get educated and it’s on their agenda.

J: In your experience, is there an ongoing trend you observe, with customers, when it comes to building a solid cybersecurity plan?

R: One key observation we have made is that organizations now want to align their security programs to industry standards such as NIST CSF or ISO 27001. In addition, they are taking cybersecurity insurance policy requirements very seriously. This helps build resiliency and there is increased comfort to join forces with a cybersecurity partner as a managed services provider.

J: What can organizations do to better plan for cyber threats?

Threat actors are getting smarter and will always find new ways to execute their payloads into an organization’s tech environment. To win the cybersecurity race, organizations need to learn more about some of these key trends:

To hear what Raheel discussed in his presentation at SecTor, click here.

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