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AI, Disinformation and Vendor Consolidation

Dave DeWalt, CEO, NightDragon, Says the State of Cybersecurity Is Vibrant
Dave DeWalt, founder and CEO, NightDragon

Generative AI has ushered in a new era of cybersecurity, presenting opportunities for innovation while also posing significant threats to AI models. "It's a curse and a blessing," and the state of cybersecurity is "vibrant" and experiencing a "golden age," said Dave DeWalt, founder and CEO, NightDragon.

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Reflecting on his experience as a member of CISA's Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, DeWalt shared insights on the progress made over the past year and the importance of collaboration between cybersecurity professionals and policymakers in enhancing security measures.

DeWalt discussed the impact of cybersecurity on critical infrastructure, physical security, supply chain integrity, and the ongoing debate between best of breed and best of suite solutions. CISOs are faced with the challenge of managing multiple cybersecurity vendors due to complex architectures and numerous products, he said.

"You put in firewalls, IPS solutions and endpoint security, and your walls were guarded. The walls fell down, and now we have zero trust things to deal with - remote workers. We watched a big shift in the attack surface, and part of that attack surface now is industrial networks, IoT devices and things that connect to the internet that need to be secured," DeWalt said. "Cyber has become a much bigger universe and a much harder job for CISOs as well."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2024, DeWalt also discussed:

  • The opportunities for investment due to global innovation and complexity of the threat landscape;
  • The rising threat of disinformation being driven by generative AI and deepfakes;
  • The evolving relationship between CISOs and boardrooms and the increased importance of collaboration.

DeWalt has more than three decades of experience and is one of the preeminent thought leaders in cybersecurity and technology. He has held more than 40 board of director roles at influential companies.

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Tom Field

Tom Field

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Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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