cyber security

Swimming Upstream at Black Hat

Recently I was one of the many tens of thousands of attendees converging on Las Vegas at Black Hat, the massive annual cyber security conference.  One morning of the event I found myself walking down a long venue hallway while thousands, and this is no exaggeration, I mean thousands of attendees were walking the opposite direction.  

The whole corridor was filled with people heading to the expo floor to see the new cyber security technologies on display and learn how AI, machine learning, magical mystery boxes, and other toys would help them finally secure their network.

The Cyber Security Context Challenge

In my last blog posting, I spoke about the importance of thinking about cyber security as a resource problem rather than a technology problem. I challenged readers to think about speed and scale as a solution for the resource problem. This posting expands on that discussion by considering the importance, or lack thereof, of “Context.” My assertion is that while context may matter in some situations, it is one of the biggest impediments to implementing effective cyber security today.  

The cyber security community is primarily made up of geeks, technologists, and nerds that typically can’t help themselves from going down a rabbit hole when it comes to digging into a problem. This growing community of men and women are on the front lines of protecting our payment systems, preserving our privacy, and keeping the valuable intellectual property from getting sucked out of the servers of companies of all sizes.