From blockchains and surveillance to backdoors and GDPR, a group of leading cryptographers rounded up the top cybersecurity and privacy matters of the day at the cryptographers' panel held at the recent RSA Conference 2019 in San Francisco.
Strong business resilience metrics for measuring effectiveness, simpler networks and smaller tool sets are all needed to cope with the evolving threat landscape, says retired Major General Earl Matthews, senior vice president at Verodin.
The quality of authentication provided by behavioral biometrics is improving, says James Stickland, CEO of Veridium. Nevertheless, he says, "we haven't reached a maturity level where it is used as an explicit form of authentication, but it's certainly now deemed as an implicit form of authentication."
DDoS attacks are getting larger in size and shorter in duration at a time when multicloud environments, which lack a single point of monitoring, are becoming more common, says Ashley Stephenson, CEO of Corero Network Security, who offers risk management insights.
Ex-black hat Alissa Knight recently joined Aite Group's new cybersecurity practice, and among her first tasks: a hard look at the security of major financial institutions' mobile banking apps. The results may surprise you.
Keynotes and briefings at the recent 28th annual RSA Conference 2019 covered a wide range of topics, including privacy, hackers, cyber extortion, machine learning, artificial intelligence, human psychology, legal matters, career advice and internet-connected device concerns. Here are 15 highlights.
Traditional security processes and controls don't translate cleanly to containers, says Sabree Blackmon of Docker, who does not recommend treating containers as virtual machines to help maximize the benefits.
In addition to relying to heavily on anti-virus and anti-malware tools, small and midsize enterprises lack the resources or expertise to catch new and sophisticated forms of attacks, says Dell's Brett Hansen, who offers strategic insights.
Alert fatigue is a major challenge, and the ability of SOC teams to be proactive is hamstrung by the fact that they spend a lot of their time in doing repetitive work, says Cody Cornell of Swimlane, who advocates broader use of orchestration and automation.
It's becoming increasing important to detect adversaries that have bypassed your security controls and moved laterally in your environment, says Carolyn Crandall of Attivo Networks, who describes the role deception can play.
Communication of cyber risks to executives using enterprise risk methodologies is imperative for improving incident prevention, according to Randy Trzeciak and Brett Tucker of Carnegie Mellon University, who offer tips.
The operational technology world is focused on two things: safety and reliability. But with increasing IT-OT integration, cybersecurity needs to be considered the third leg of the stool, says Phil Quade, CISO at Fortinet.
Email remains the top threat vector for organizations. And while the move to cloud-based solutions has significantly improved email security, environments such as Office365 have their own complexities that need to be addressed, says David Wagner, CEO of Zix Corp.
The advent of IoT devices and IT/operational technology integration have dramatically expanded the attack surface. And as a result, the definition of threat intelligence is changing, says Vishak Raman of Cisco.
The conventional approach to cybersecurity focuses on separating the good from the bad using perimeters, firewalls, containers and other methods. But Corey Williams of Idaptive says that approach is no longer sufficient.
The information security world has been beset by the emergence of multiple side-channel attacks, including Meltdown, Spectre and most recently Spoiler, that have proven difficult to fully fix, says Bill Conner, president and CEO of SonicWall.