Why Digital Threats Are a Worldwide Web Problem

On 8-9 September, 2016, OASIS will host Borderless Cyber Europe 2016 at the European Commission Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Those who attend the event will be able to participate in discussions on the value of threat information sharing as well as learn how to better protect their customers by sharing their experiences with one another.

Peter Allor, who currently serves on the event’s planning committee, understands organizations’ responsibility to arm their customers against attackers and digital threats. Allor currently works as a senior cyber security strategist at IBM and sits on the board of directors for both the Information Technology – Sector Coordinating Council (IT-SCC) Executive Committee and the Industry Consortium for the Advancement of Security on the Internet (ICASI).

Those positions, not to mention his experience moderating a panel at last year’s Borderless Cyber 2015, have taught him that information security and digital threats evolve not in isolation but as a result of communal input.

“The main threats have effectively moved sophisticated attacks techniques down into the world of organized crime,” Allor observes. “Whether by purchasing others’ tools or by telling one another outright, computer criminals are constantly sharing information about how threats work and how they can be changed to accomplish a specific purpose.”

The speed and extent with which people exchange information on the underground web have produced a requirement among security personnel to keep pace with emerging threats.

Unfortunately, that process has proven to be a challenge thus far.

“Too often, those in managerial roles who innovate policies, identify risks, and assign budget dollars do not maintain a close working relationships with those who have the technical responsibility to implement do security,” Allor explains. “That will not effectively work against today’s threats. Both groups need to understand that they can work together and then share information with one others. We just need a way to help them do so easily, consistently, and in a uniform way.”

That’s where Borderless Cyber Europe 2016 comes in.

At its heart, the conference emphasizes how nothing less than worldwide collaboration can help protect against today’s threats.

“The threats we are seeing are neither solely regional nor national focused. They are an internet focused problem,” Allor states. “Policy and line of business guys cannot address risk without technical guys input, and vice versa. Together, we need to figure out what risks we need to protect against and how we can best go about doing it.”

Those who attend the conference in September will be able to speak to one another about this worldwide web problem. Such conversations will enable everyone to contribute to a growing body of knowledge on the threats of today and tomorrow.

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