Whether it's a bowl game, NFL playoffs, or the Super Bowl, chances are high someone at a football
Good news: You can use football to explain some basic concepts of what happens in cybersecurity
4 ways football explains cybersecurity
Football game: The team on offense is trying to score, the defense is trying to stop them.
Cybersecurity: Hackers are on offense, trying to score. Instead of the end zone, they want into computer systems to steal information. Cybersecurity professionals are on defense, trying to keep hackers out of each company's IT zone.
2. The defense must win all the time to keep the other team from scoring.
Football game: Even a great defense can lose. One slip, one fail, and in a moment the other team can get the winning score.
Cybersecurity: Security teams playing defense against hackers must be right all the time to win; hackers only have to be right once to win the game.
3. Both sides are watching each other and preparing for their next move.
We love what SecureWorld contributor, speaker, and cybersecurity expert Dan Lohrmann says about this similarity between football and InfoSec:
"Just as offensive coaches in football scout the other team, watch
In the same way, hackers constantly adjust their methods and techniques to get around cyberdefenses. There are even attack/defend
4. The rivalry never ends.
Football game: The battle between two teams in a particular match-up may end, but the focus immediately shifts to next week or next season. Football never stops.
Cybersecurity: Cybersecurity professionals win most of the time, thankfully. Defeating hackers and threats today is exactly that—a win for the day. Hackers and
Beyond these big picture scenarios, just decide which role on the field or the sidelines of a football game can be used in this cybersecurity analogy.
Now you've helped paint a picture for non-IT folks of how cybersecurity can be viewed as a football game.
One with the highest stakes of all.