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:

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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