NCI recently had the opportunity to attend a CASIS ( National Capital Security Partner’s Forum in our Nation’s Capital. It was extremely well attended by a number of our country’s finest government and private sector security professionals. The speakers on the panel were terrific, they featured:
- Doug Dempster – Executive Director of the Centre for Executive Leadership at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
- Mivil Deschenes – Chief Security Officer, RioTinto
- Melissa Hathaway – President of Hathaway Global Securities, LLC
- Jeffrey Miller – Vice President & Chief Security Officer, National Football League
- J. David Quilter – Emeritus Faculty, Security Executive Council
- Julie Myers Wood – President, ICS Consulting
Some terrific points were debated of which I’ll mention a few:
- We should treat the Internet as a regulated and policed environment. 25 companies control 90 percent of the internet, why not have the Telco’s opt in to a code of conduct, assume some of the overall responsibility for CyberSecurity to warn companies that they have been breached. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mobile_network_operators.
- With regards to Security of The “cloud” – think of the cloud like an apartment building – you can share a place but what happens to you if someone has a rodent infestation? That’s right, you have to fumigate the entire building.
- Risk needs to be constantly measured and evaluated.
- Cyber security today is the new Cold War – in fact Doug Dempster believes it is even worse than the Cold War.
- When evaluating risk, it’s important that it’s dealt with quantitatively and not looked at through one individual’s goggles.
- Treat your network like government agencies treat miles of pipelines – secure the high risk points within the network and when something happens – send a team to deal with the incident, remediate it, notify the appropriate impacted parties swiftly and move on.
- When and not “if” an incident happens – ensure you communicate openly and honestly.
- Communications between government and private sector is a must going forward.
Last but not least – next time you’re in Ottawa – try the Scallop Ceviche at Navarra Restaurant, to die for.