IBM BusinessConnect 2016 got off to a great start this week when more than 80 security leaders came together in IBM Southbank to discuss how to ‘Outthink Threats’. Misha Glenny, international expert on cyber security and organised crime, kicked off the day by reminding us – the good guys – to study our opponents and learn from them. The bad guys are really good at collaborating and telling stories, so we need to work on our counter narrative.
The theme of communication and collaboration continued as the day progressed with our panel of leading CISOs debating ‘the human factor’ and how to educate both employees and the board communicating clearly in non-techie language.
The cybersecurity skills gap and the need to get more women into security came up time and time again, drawing two very clear conclusions: We need to get better at automation to relieve some of the challenges presented by a lack of skills, and we need to demystify the profession and fish outside of our usual talent pools. According to Misha Glenny, 96% of hackers are male, prompting IBM’s Carmina Lees to comment that it might be time for a career change!
Attendees also had the opportunity to visit the IBM Next Generation Security Operations Centre (SOC) to see the difference Watson and Resilient could make to incident response plans. This session led to lots of questions from the audience, as did the interactive breakouts on cognitive security and penetration testing.
In the closing keynote Bruce Schneier, CTO of Resilient, highlighted that the average tenure of a CISO is 18 months. No-one gets
fired for getting attacked, only for not having a response plan! John Bruce, Resilient CEO & Co-Founder, also shared insights from a new Ponemon cyber resiliency study, due out in November, into the cultural differences in how ready we are to respond in different countries.
In his closing comments Adrian Davis, (ISC)2 summed up the day with 5 key words – Communication, Collaboration, Championing (security), Caring (for your people), Competency (to stand in front of the board). Take security seriously, study your opponents and be ready to respond – Outthink Threats.
If you would like to learn more about how IBM Security can help your business Outthink Threats, visit ibm.com/security/uk/en/.