What Honeybees Can Teach Us About Cybersecurity
I would like to quote Gianna Whitver, Bees & Cybersecurity | VP of Marketing, Votiro | Co-Founder, Cybersecurity Marketing Society | Founder, LeaseHoney | Podcast Host for this month’s blog content.
I am very partial to bees myself as my family have been producing honey in Eastern Ontario Canada since the 1930s (www.gibbshoney.com). Honeycombs are key to our OmniSecuritas Technologies logo as they not only represent the structure and defensive nature of a honeybee hive, but also symbolically represent the three founders of OmniSecuritas.
Ms. Whitver’s excellent description of how cybersecurity and honeybees are connected is found below.
“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.”
Bees & Cybersecurity | VP of Marketing, Votiro | Co-Founder, Cybersecurity Marketing Society | Founder, LeaseHoney | Podcast Host