Business as usual recently for the cyberspies and cybercriminals. A big haul of stolen data in Switzerland this week put US and UK counter-terrorism information at risk. News also emerged today of a summer-long cyberheist of European bank accounts, to the tune of almost $50 million.
Time to open the window and jump? Not necessarily. There are still cool heads in the security field, able to deliver clear explanations of emerging challenges and how to confront them. One of the coolest heads belongs to Jack Danahy, Director for Advanced Security at IBM Security Systems.
He also has one of the coolest jobs in IT security, integrating responses to the ever-changing risk environment into IBM's product strategy, and ensuring that cutting-edge security thinking gains traction in industry sectors critical to IBM's business. He directs the IBM Institute for Advanced Security and blogs on security topics at its Web portal.
We're excited to bring you a direct insight into Jack's current thinking. He recently sat for two Internet Evolution Executive Takes videos and responded to a series of questions I put to him about how CIO and CISO thinking needs to change and adapt in the face of phenomena like BYOD, social networking, and big-data.
His analysis of security perimeters is fascinating and represents a great way of thinking about the defenses needed when mobile devices are docking into enterprise networks. Rather than relying on a "hard crunchy outside" to protect the "soft chewy center," we need to be thinking about data flow, traffic patterns, and a focused awareness of network activity:
Matters get more complex still when one takes account of the increasingly collaborative nature of today's enterprise. Connectivity brings risks as well as opportunities. Automated monitoring is key here, but it depends on a thorough understanding of the junction-points, applications, and interfaces where connectivity takes place:
These videos represent two concentrated master classes in defending the enterprise. Absorb them, and use the message boards to give us your feedback.
— Kim Davis , Community Editor, Internet Evolution