jeudi 19 avril 2012

How to meet the challenges of 21st century security and privacy

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From the theft of trade secrets, to the rise of social media,to the failure of weak governance, Richard Power talks to Christopher Burgess on the challenges security and privacy professionals face now

By Richard Power

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April 18, 2012CSO
This is the second in a series of interviews with C-level executives responsible for cyber security and privacy in business and government, who also happen to be thought leaders. (In case you haven t noticed, "C-level executive" and "thought leader" are not synonyms.)
In this issue, I discuss a range of issues, from the intellectual property (IP) theft and economic espionage to the rise of social media and the challenges of governance, with Christopher Burgess, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Security Officer at Atigeo, LLC.
Prior to Atigeo, Burgess was Senior Security Advisor to the Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Cisco. Before his run at Cisco, Burgess served for thirty years as a senior national security executive for the government of United States, living and working in strategic regions throughout the world.
Oh yes, and in 2008, Burgess and I co-authored Secrets Stolen, Fortunes Lost: Preventing Intellectual Property Theft and Economic Espionage in the 21st Century (ISBN: 978-1-59749-255-3).
Richard Power: It has been four years since the publication of Secrets Stolen, Fortunes Lost: Preventing Intellectual Property Theft and Economic Espionage in the 21st Century (ISBN: 978-1-59749-255-3). Give us your perspective on where we are in terms of corporations and security professionals coming to grips with the threat of economic espionage and IP theft? Mine are mostly unprintable at this point. Any progress in general?

[Intellectual property protection: The basics]

Christopher Burgess: Thank you Richard, it's a pleasure to talk with you again. I have been blessed with being amidst those who are at the vanguard of evolving new security processes and solutions and not having been placed in a position where I was facing "but it's not the way we do it" scenarios. My 30,000-foot perspective has not changed since we co-authored Secrets Stolen, Fortune Lost — every company (emphasis intended) regardless of locale has the potential to fall into the sights of an entity or individual who has designs on their assets. The company can choose to educate or not educate their workforce to this reality.
Sadly, I continue to see far too many companies operating as if they are immune from falling into the cross-hairs of someone's targeting scheme because they aren't engaged in national security work — they equate economic espionage and IP theft to only those in the national security vertical. While I don t disagree the nation state vector is one about which we, collectively, must pay attention; the individual, the competitor and the criminal vectors also warrant every company's attention.

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