Security threats aren't all the same. Although there are some widespread security events like the recent WannaCry and NotPetya outbreaks, some industry verticals are hit in more in more targeted ways. Mike Brown is RSA's vice president and general manager for the public sector. I spoke with him at the recent RSA Conference in Singapore about the threat landscape for the public sector.
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You'd think flipping burgers is about as far from cybersecurity as you can possibly get. But when you're in charge of risk and compliance for a chain of over 500 burger places across the North American continent, you take governance, risk and compliance very seriously. Merlin Namuth is in charge of all that for Red Robin Burgers. I spoke with him at the recent RSA Conference held in Singapore.
Despite the way political leaders like to work, the internet means commercial border are fluid and permeable. That means businesses need to be aware of privacy and security regulations in other countries as well as at home. I spoke with Dana Simberkoff, from software vendor AvePoint at this year's RSA Conference in Singapore. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and strong believer in having robust data management processes in place in order to manage the privacy needs of people in an increasingly globalised world.
Jeff Blatt, from Tilleke & Gibbins International, is a legal professional who started his career representing some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley. He started as a tech lawyer and then moved to Asia to help launch and build a satellite TV service in Asia. He's stayed in Asia but is still part of a US law enforcement agency, on a part time basis, with full-time police officer authority. Having worked on both sides of the privacy equation, he characterises himself as a "privacy evangelist" who argues security can't always win.
Australia's Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Dan Tehan, closed out the round of opening keynotes at this years RSA Conference for the Australia Pacific and Japan region. During his address Tehan painted a gloomy picture of our region. But in that doom and gloom he suggested Australia could be a leader in helping the region become stronger while giving the Australian economy a boost as we take the challenges of the region and turn them into opportunities. But the speech and the follow up interview we scored were light on for details.