Developments in Enterprise Cloud Technology
The 2013 Cyber Security Summit shed light on salient issues that cloud technology users and providers are coping with, especially risk management, emerging threats, cyber security and corporate IT strategies. The event featured industry luminaries and prominent speakers, including Dr. Richard Falkenrath, principal at The Chertoff Group; Dr. Parag Pruthi, founder, chairman & CEO of Niksun Inc.; Bruce Gilley, president of Fixmo; Marcus Sachs, vice president of national security policy at Verizon Communications; and Michael Singer, assistant vice president of cloud, mobile and access management security at AT&T.
Topics of Discussion
The summit covered topics as varied as threats facing financial institutions, big data, cyberpolicy, enterprise mobile security and BYOD (bring your own device) and defense against malware.
- Bank technology fraud—Participants shared the latest risk-mitigation techniques on bank technology fraud, such as mobile fraud, malware, data breaches by the numbers, distributed denials of service (DDoS) and coordination and industrialization of fraud.
- Big data—Keynote speakers discussed how IT managers can use cloud and Big Data technologies to deploy a cost-effective delivery model for advanced analytics.
- Emerging cyberthreats—Various digital threats were discussed at the event, including spear phishing attacks, hacktivism, social media, advanced persistent threats, and ransomware. Participants will also learn advanced tools and procedures that organizations can use to deter and counter these digital menaces.
- Cyberpolicy—The summit committed time for government and national security concerns, highlighting some key elements that policy makers have in the military, infrastructure and national-security fields. According to the Department of Homeland Security (1), these fields include policies for information sharing, the development of a cyber security insurance and liability system, multinational cyber engagement, promoting science and technology education, encouraging a partnership between the private and public sectors, and establishing industry standards for best practices in cyber security.
- BYOD enterprise security—Participants heard key requirements for mobile device and mobile file sharing, including multi-device support, file- and workspace-based security, secure cross-boundary collaboration, file context, and app stores under the control of corporate IT departments. Other requirements range from app environment security to CMS security deployment and support for large files, according to Citrix research.
Keynote speakers at the 2013 Cybersecurity Summit hailed from industry, academia and government. They possess a breadth and depth of expertise on everything related to cybersecurity, having collectively worked decades in identifying, shaping and deploying tools and standards for digital security in the B2B and B2C realms, as well as in government and nonprofit fields.
Notable presenters included national security expert Dr. Richard Falkenrath; executives from IT companies like AT&T, Verizon, Triumfant and SINET; and chief information officers from financial institutions. Representatives of nonprofit entities, such as Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, were also among the speakers.
The sponsoring companies run the whole cybersecurity gamut, from nonprofits and think tanks to businesses, academia and government agencies. These include Polytechnic Institute of New York University, MTA, Hewlett Packard, F5 Networks and AirWatch. Other sponsors include Skybox Security, Guidepoint Security, Security Innovation Network, The Security Division of EMC, ThreatTrack Security, Lookingglass, ZenSar Technologies and McAfee.