Bill Conner, KRLD’s David Johnson Discuss Threats, Going Private & Government’s Involvement in Private Security

April 10, 2013 by Matthew Lewis     No Comments

Entrust President and CEO Bill Conner went to the airwaves to chat with David Johnson, of KRLD AM 1080, for a CEO Spotlight segment.  Their discussion focused on three primary topics:podcast

The Changing Threat Landscape

  • In the not-too-recent past, there were only several thousand new malware variants a day; today, there are now 300,000-plus hitting the street every 24 hours
  • Old techniques of defense are inadequate against today’s advanced and targeted attacks on digital identities
  • Recent reports draw extra attention to the targets of cyber incidents being critical infrastructure and intellectual property
  • No longer is the goal of a sophisticated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack massive data floods of sites and servers, but directed attacks on business applications

Risks, Challenges of Going Private

  • Since going private in 2009 under Thoma Bravo, Entrust has enjoyed a successful transition from a perpetual, on-premise-based software company to seeing 50 percent of revenue come from subscription and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions
  • Thoma Bravo has built a valuable information security portfolio since the acquisition: SonicWALL (later sold to Dell), Blue Coat Systems and Tripwire (acquired nCircle) to name a few

Government Involvement in Private-Sector Cybersecurity

  • There is a lot of focus in the United States on government involvement in private-sector cybersecurity
  • Recent positive steps by the Executive Branch and the appointment of NIST as the lead in standards is key
  • NIST can help bridge the gap in the public and private sectors and push for open standards that allow for better products through constant improvement as well as a defined minimum to requirement standards

If you take a keen interest in cybersecurity, this is a worthwhile conversation. And, best of all, it won’t take too much of your time.

Bill Conner, KRLD’s David Johnson Discuss Threats, Going Private and Government’s Involvement in Private Security

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Matthew Lewis, Entrust’s social media and analyst relations specialist, brings a unique perspective from daily interactions with industry experts, bloggers, social media influencers and more. He’s core to Entrust’s mission to remain innovative in a dynamic security landscape, which includes changes involving vendors, threats, information security/information technology (IS/IT), operational technologies ecosystem (e.g., architectures, interoperability, standards), industry groups and governing bodies. Matthew also manages and monitors Entrust’s brand across the social space, ensuring the company’s expertise, customer relationships and core messages all garner a greater share of voice.

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