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Posted by Usman Sindhu on August 9, 2010
I had the pleasure of attending Open Group Conference Boston just two weeks ago. Historically, this conference aims at bringing enterprise architects together from various industries to talk about important architectural issues. This time around, they dedicated track sessions to the security topic. Among other things, I had an opportunity to record a podcast with Dana Gardner, Gen. Harry Raduege, and Jim Hietala on the topic of cyber security.
Cyber security has gained quite a bit of attention in the past year or so. Although the concept has been discussed for almost a decade, the evolving nature of threats has created lots of buzz recently. There are numerous threat vectors and thus, diverse targets. Increasingly, data espionage, identity theft, cyber attacks on the critical infrastructure, denial of service (DDOS), and advanced persistent threats (APT) are coming to the surface. Public and private sectors alike are concerned about the targeted attacks that are aimed at stealing confidential data, which produces a domino effect and harms companies' brand names and operations.
In the past 18 months we have seen many examples and scenarios that highlight the cyber security discussion. For instance:
Attack vectors are going to increase as organizations embrace mobility, social media, and cloud computing — hence it's time for organizations to get pragmatic about how they design their security architecture. The recent controversy between Research In Motion (RIM) and Saudi Arabia over mobile security is a great example of how governments are thinking about evolving threat landscape and want to gain control and visibility into electronic transactions. Among many things, they should start with:
I hope you found our roundtable helpful and perhaps your organization can start to brainstorm pragmatic strategies to understand and counter cyber threats.
Do let us know of your thoughts and experiences!
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