Quarterly, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County hosts the Visionaries in Information Technology Forum. Peter Jungck, the Vice-President/CTO of CloudShield Technologies, Inc., was their latest speaker and explained why technology systems need to be protected from unknown as well as known threats.
As I listened to him speak, I jotted down three highlights to share with you:
- Security threats come from a variety of sources: script kiddies, hackers and crackers, insiders, competitors, organized crime, and cyber warriors. (I've listed them in order of increasing technical skill and resources.)
- Mr. Jungck encouraged the audience to approach securing systems as if "your network is already compromised and you will never be completely secure." Scary, huh? Think about it--how many people have touched your computer before you got it? Those people have compromised your computer before it arrived at your office.
- Everyone in an organization has some responsibility for security. HR may not be responsible for deleting user accounts when a staff member is fired, but they are responsible for notifying the IT Department that the accounts need to be deleted.
Want to hear Peter Jungck's entire lecture? Shortly, it should be posted on UMBCtube, UMBC's YouTube channel. - K