As human beings, we are constantly looking for information to help improve situations. If we live or work in a crowded city, for example, we want to know which routes are best to avoid getting stuck in traffic. When we enter a restaurant or movie theater we look for the exits. This behavior is known as situational awareness, and it’s second nature to most of us.
But while such behavior often occurs in our everyday lives, it does not seem to carry over into digital environments. We often click on things we shouldn’t, open files we don’t recognize, and connect devices to networks we are unfamiliar with. Many IT teams can’t even tell you what devices or applications are on your network or outline the current topology of the network, let alone identify external threat actors. They lack cyber situational awareness.