by Bharat Mistry
The cyber-threat facing firms today has never been more diverse. Organisations once relatively insulated from state-sponsored activity are increasingly drawn into the fight for geopolitical advantage, whether they run critical national infrastructure, hold sensitive data on targeted individuals or merely have the misfortune to get in the way. That makes it more important than ever to ensure you have the awareness and capabilities to manage risk effectively for your organisation.
Trend Micro’s upcoming CLOUDSEC conference is a great opportunity to maximise both. At this year’s show in September, we have just added former White House CIO and cybersecurity expert Theresa Payton to an already impressive roster of speakers.
Caught in the middle
There was a time when nation states cyber operatives only went after one other. Sadly, despite a US-China pact in 2015 that promised to maintain this dynamic, things aren’t working out that way. Countries are on the prowl for IP which can help their companies gain a global advantage; they’re looking for sensitive information to blackmail individuals; they’re searching for ways to generate profits to grow the nation’s wealth; and they’re mapping and sabotaging critical infrastructure. The current furore over providers of 5G networks highlights just how strategic crucial technology has become to national interests and how important cybersecurity is to financial and social stability.
This matters, because increasingly it is average, ordinary firms that are caught in the middle. They may be running CNI. They may hold data targeted by hackers. But they may also be targeted not in their own right, but because they’re part of a high value supply chain. Law firms are particularly at risk because of information their clients may hold. Managed service providers have also been hit in the past. Even hotel chains could be at risk if hackers want to target individuals staying there. Then there are the more scattergun attacks, like WannaCry and NotPetya, that show no organisation is safe from state-sponsored threats.
This is just one part of a much bigger picture, of course. Financially motivated cybercrime represents a massive threat, as does, on a smaller scale, the publicity-hungry sniping of hacktivists. But in order to respond effectively, CISOs need the same things: accurate intelligence, and information on best practice response strategies.
At CLOUDSEC 2019 in September, we’ve lined up a host of world-leading experts in their field to share their insight. The latest is former White House CIO, Theresa Payton. Now a cybersecurity CEO, Theresa will reveal to attendees what they need to know today and look out for tomorrow in the ongoing battle against cybercrime. Crucially, she’ll also be lifting the lid on her time in government to share insight on how cybersecurity is managed at the very highest levels.
Now in its fifth year, CLOUDSEC is bigger and better than ever before. Also lined up to speak are: Thomson Reuters Senior Director, Security Platforms and Engineering, Frank Thomas; Stena AB CISO, Magnus Carling; United Nations cybercrime expert, Rob Gilbert; and Trend Micro experts including VP of Security Research, Rik Ferguson, and Director of Forward Looking Threat Research, Rob McArdle.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the show.
What: CLOUDSEC 2019
When: 13 September 2019
Where: Old Billingsgate Market, London