DHS Secretary Chertoff to Business: 'Send us Your Best & Brightest'Notes from the RSA Conference - Day 1
"We want your ideas, insights and I daresay your employees," Chertoff told the crowd in a keynote address at the RSA Conference in San Francisco on Tues. "It's not just the best thing you can do for your business; it's the best thing you can do for your country."
Reflecting on the 5th anniversary of the creation of DHS, Chertoff discussed the top cyber threats facing the nation, how DHS is countering them, and his vision of where the U.S. needs to go.
"We're not likely to see airplanes flying into buildings [in cyberspace]," Chertoff says. "But we can see consequences not unlike what people experienced on Sept. 11, 2001."
The major threats of interest to the government are:
To date, the U.S. has countered with its Computer Emergency Response Team (US CERT), which is chartered with strengthening public and private domains. "But the time has come to take a quantum leap forward," Chertoff says. "We need a game-changer."
This 'game-changer' is what Chertoff describes as "A Manhattan Project approach to deal with cyber threats."
Current limits to such a plan's effectiveness are:
To overcome these challenges, Chertoff wants to see public and private sectors come together to limit entry points, establish 24/7 protection, and to create a faster cycle time that spots threats before they're launched.
"It's not responsible to avert our eyes from a threat just because it's difficult to overcome," Chertoff says.
Coviello Kicks off Event
RSA CEO Art Coviello got the event started this morning with a keynote built around The Role of Security in Business Innovation - a practice in which he says "I see a lot of dancing."
One key trend identified in a recent RSA survey: 80% of surveyed organizations say they shy away from business innovation because of information security concerns.
Coviello describes security professionals working against a "perfect storm" of:
"We live in an age where one wrong click can jeopardize our identities or livelihoods," he says.
The ongoing mission for security practitioners, he says, "Is not to say 'no,' but to say 'how?'"
Latest Cyber Threat Stats
John Thompson, CEO of Symantec, discussed the results of his company's latest threat research. Highlights: