Cybersecurity and telecommunications industry leaders will emphasize innovation in NATO-Industry partnerships in order to stay ahead of rising cyber threats in keynote remarks at NITEC17.
Glen Post, Chief Executive Officer of CenturyLink; Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of CrowdStrike; Mark Anderson, President of Palo Alto Networks; and John Stewart, Senior Vice President and Chief Security and Trust Officer at Cisco, will present their views of the cybersecurity landscape and how new, innovative NATO-industry partnerships can strengthen collective cyber defence.
"Significant cyber issues are impacting critical infrastructure providers and their customers on a global level," said CenturyLink CEO Glen Post. "Innovative private sector leaders such as CenturyLink continue to develop strong partnerships and innovative products to assure the resiliency of our cyber ecosystem."
"For the last 30 years, Western governments have focused a great deal of attention on the potential kinetic impacts posed by cyber-attacks," said CrowdStrike Co-founder and CTO Dmitri Alperovitch. "Our adversaries, however, have learned to appreciate cyber as an information warfare domain first and foremost. Now that we have witnessed how democracy itself can be attacked through cyber-enabled leaks and propaganda, it is more imperative than ever for NATO to develop a strategy for leveraging both public and private resources to raise preparedness in combatting these threats."
"As the world's digital infrastructure becomes increasingly interconnected, it has become clear that cybersecurity is an inherently distributed challenge that can only be addressed through collaborations that blur traditional boundaries—including borders between nation states and barriers between the public and private sectors," said Palo Alto Networks President Mark Anderson. "This keynote address will argue that true integration across the cybersecurity ecosystem—by embracing concepts such as automated information sharing, technology orchestration, and the type of partnerships led by NATO —is the critical catalyst required to prevent cyber attacks. This collaboration will also reverse the current unsustainable dynamic in cyberspace, where increasingly automated adversaries are dramatically outpacing manual network defence."
"We are at a crucial time, where NATO and industry success will be defined by how closely we work together," said John N Stewart, Cisco Senior Vice President and Chief Security and Trust Officer. "We must be better – requiring security and trust in products purchased just as much as security and trust in products built. We will be remembered on how well we improved our collective ability to quickly detect and respond to cyber threats."