SecurityBrief Australia logo
Australia's leading source of cybersecurity and cyber-attack news
Story image

Interview: RSA on hoping for the best — and preparing for the worst

By Sara Barker
Mon 6 Nov 2017
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Rui Ataide is a senior member of RSA’s Incident Response team, a customer facing organisation within RSA, and is based in the UK. Chris Thomas helps RSA’s customers across the region to make sure they are getting the most from their investment in RSA technologies. With more than three decades of combined cybersecurity experience, they currently hop between active cyber breaches and assist in the remediation and prevention of security risks.  

“The nature of the role is not always predictable — we can’t know who will be the next victim of an intrusion. There can be simultaneous incidents that force us to reallocate to another region. Ultimately, we are a worldwide group that responds to problems where they are.”   — Rui Ataide

RSA is a global leader in cybersecurity — working with a majority of top financial, consumer, healthcare, manufacturing and telecom companies. MitchelLake’s Robin Block sat down with Rui and Chris to gain perspective on the state of cybersecurity, the Australian market and RSA’s offerings.

What is RSA’s main differentiator in the market?

Chris: RSA offers a number of different technologies. Our flagship product, RSA NetWitness Suite, provides end-to-end visibility across an environment — the capability to reconstruct network sessions, identify anomalies in behaviour, and track an incident in real time. This is vital to remediation. Without a full scope of an incident, you are likely to miss something — in the long run, that is cost inefficient and dangerous.

Rui: If you look at our network visibility technology, the differentiation next to our main competitors is the level context we offer — creating what we call meta-data. That context allows us to look beyond common indicators such as IP or domain, and look at actions in relation to their commonality within a system.

We also collect vast volumes of data. In conjunction, that allows us to look at the frequency of an app or action through an environment, adding perspective on the likelihood that something represents a threat. That makes an analyst's job easier, and enables them to allocate their time more efficiently — increasing the likelihood that they will be able to respond to an actual threat. The amount of data that we collect also allows for a distinctly thorough evaluation in the event of a breach.

How do you view the Australian cybersecurity market — do you think there is a shortage of talent?

Chris: Australia is a multi-tiered ecosystem. Large financial institutions and the government are forward-leaning in their cyber capabilities. The rest of the market scales down from that point. I think there is a move within the market to more relevantly cater to smaller businesses that don't want or need the most advanced security systems — but still need protection.

Rui: Colleagues and customers indicate that it is difficult to find qualified security professionals in Australia. As a community, we need to take greater ownership of that. Rather than looking for someone with ten years of experience, it is incumbent on organisations with existing infrastructure to look for people with the right aptitudes and train them. One of my most talented colleagues studied English Literature.

Chris: We also have initiatives with technical schools to augment education systems. One of the most developed partnerships we have is with Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore. We helped them build a security operations centre in their university network that is actively monitoring their live production traffic. In addition to protecting their systems, that allows students to rotate through different analyst roles in an active setting — giving them genuine hands-on experience before graduation.

What advice would you give to anyone worried about data security? Do you think threat intelligence is an important development for the market?

Chris: The threat intelligence space is a growing market, but it is still quite distributed. Governments share information, and there are regional, local and vertical groups.

What is still missing from those programmes is context. However, implementing that is difficult because it can expose victims — creating larger problems. What I would like to see is the growth of trusted third parties that can securely provide the context that is needed to make that information illuminating.  

Understanding the limitations around information sharing is important because it is not something on which you can stake the integrity of your systems. With that said, there have been strides to create more transparent networks. Organisations like the ACSC and ASD have recently started sharing their case studies. The fact that they have started coming to conferences, and are visibly sharing information is a big and positive change from a few years ago.

Rui: I think the message that people need to absorb is that intrusions are going to happen. That sounds pessimistic — but the distributed ability to carry out an attack has simply led to an increase in frequency. An attacker only needs to be successful one time. A defender has to be successful every time.

What is important is to be aware and go beyond attempting to prevent a breach, to being prepared for when one happens — hope for the best, expect the worst. It is also important to realise that it doesn’t really matter if you think your organisation has any data of value. We have started to see a rise in breaches aimed only to get information that can ease access to another organisation. The more prepared individual organisations are, the more robust the entire security ecosystem becomes.

Article by Robin Block, MitchelLake.

Related stories
Top stories
Story image
Documentation
Adobe study finds lack of digital trust and utilisation in Australian Government agencies
New research commissioned by Adobe has revealed a significant lack of digital trust within Australian Government departments, along with the continued underutilisation of key digital processes.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Eight top DevSecOps trends to support IT innovation in 2022
The use of DevSecOps practices is growing, as it is increasingly seen as the best way to produce high-quality and secure code. So what are the current trends?
Story image
Digital Fingerprint
Decline in counterfeit cherries after digital fingerprinting
Reid Fruits says there’s been a dramatic decline in counterfeit products for its cherries over the past three export seasons to Asia because of digital fingerprinting.
Story image
Compliance
SentinelOne integrates with Torq to empower security teams
"With Torq, security teams can extend the power of SentinelOne to systems across the organisation to benefit from a proactive security posture.”
Story image
Cloudera
Overcoming hybrid and multi-cloud challenges to drive innovation
Driven by improvements in technology, financial services companies have advanced both internal and external systems and processes, with the likes of digitisation, personalisation and risk management redefining the industry.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Video: 10 Minute IT Jams - An update from CrowdStrike
Scott Jarkoff joins us today to discuss current trends in the cyber threat landscape, and the reporting work CrowdStrike is doing to prevent further cyber harm.
Story image
Tech job moves
Tech job moves - ActiveCampaign, Arcserve, LogRhythm & Qlik
We round up all job appointments from June 17-22, 2022, in one place to keep you updated with the latest from across the tech industries.
Story image
Cloud Security
Palo Alto Networks bolsters cloud native security offerings
Latest Prisma Cloud platform updates help organisations continuously monitor and secure web applications with maximum flexibility.
Story image
MSP
Video: 10 Minute IT Jams - An update from CyberArk
Olly Stimpson joins us today to discuss the importance of MSP programmes and how MSP partners are experiencing success with CyberArk.
Story image
Trend Micro
5G network projects driven by improving security and privacy
Trend Micro's new study reveals the prospect of improved security and privacy capabilities are the main motivations behind private 5G wireless network projects.
Story image
Payroll
How New South Wales state departments achieved cloud migration success
State departments in New South Wales are heading to the cloud to achieve better workflow solutions, and one company is paving the way for their success.
Story image
Oracle Cloud
Commvault, Oracle to deliver Metallic Data Management as a Service
"We are excited to partner with Commvault and enable our customers to restore and recover their most mission-critical cloud data."
Story image
WatchGuard Technologies
Ransomware volume doubled 2021 total by end of Q1 2022
Ransomware detections in the first quarter of this year doubled the total volume reported for 2021, according to a new report. 
Story image
Tech job moves
Tech job moves - Bitdefender, Cohesity, Fortinet & MODIFI
We round up all job appointments from June 27-30, 2022, in one place to keep you updated with the latest from across the tech industries.
Story image
HP Inc
Firmware attacks significant threat in age of hybrid work
Changing workforce dynamics are creating new challenges for IT teams around firmware security, according to new research.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Significant security concerns resulting from open source software ubiquity
"The risk is real, and the industry must work closely together in order to move away from poor open source or software supply chain security practices."
Story image
Secure access service edge / SASE
Cloudflare adds new capabilities to zero trust SASE platform
New features for Cloudflare One include email security protection, data loss prevention tools, cloud access security broker, and private network discovery.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Email threats spike 101%, remains a top attack vector
"Each year we see innovation in the threat landscape, but each year email remains a major threat to organisations."
Story image
Cybersecurity
Aqua Security, CIS create software supply chain security guide
Aqua Securityand the Center for Internet Security have together released the industry’s first formal guidelines for software supply chain security.
Story image
Digital Transformation
Cybersecurity priorities for digital leaders navigating digital transformation
In recent years, Asia-Pacific has especially been a hotspot for cyberattacks, and as we continue into 2022, it’s evident that the problem is becoming more significant.
Story image
API
Industry-first comprehensive risk-based API security enhances protection
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) have become a crucial part of operating web and mobile application businesses and are causing significant economic growth in the digital sector.
Story image
Internet of Things
ManageEngine wins big in IDC MarketScape assessment
ManageEngine's Endpoint Central service has been recognised as a leader by IDC MarketScape in several categories including Internet of Things device deployments and UEM software for SMEs.
Story image
Cyber Criminal
Identity and access: the fight is on
Blue team defenders are used to protecting our data, applications, and users with access controls and other security mechanisms, which is why attacks like this are especially challenging when they target identity and access control systems.
Story image
Vendor
Forescout reveals top vulnerabilities impacting OT vendors
Forescout’s Vedere Labs has disclosed OT: ICEFALL, naming 56 vulnerabilities affecting devices from 10 operational technology vendors.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Juniper study reveals top AI trends in APAC region
Juniper's research shows an increase in enterprise artificial intelligence adoption over the last 12 months is yielding tangible benefits to organisations.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Tech and data’s role in the changing face of compliance
Accenture's study found that 93% of respondents agree or strongly agree new technologies such as AI and cloud make compliance easier.
Story image
Research
New study reveals 51% of employees using unauthorised apps
The research shows that 92% of employees and managers in large enterprises want full control over applications, but they don't have it.
Story image
Cybersecurity
FIDO Alliance releases guidelines for optimising UX with FIDO Security Keys
The new guidelines aim to accelerate multi-factor authentication deployment and adoption with FIDO security keys.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Ingram Micro launches vendor-backed security program
Ingram Micro has unveiled a new program intended to give resellers the effective offerings their customers need to stay safe in the evolving threat landscape.
Story image
Compliance
Stock security features inadequate in face of rising risk
"Organisations must proactively find ways of identifying unseen vulnerabilities and should take a diligent, holistic approach to cybersecurity."
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Abnormal Security finds financial supply chain under threat
New research by Abnormal Security has found a rising trend in financial supply chain compromise as threat actors increasingly impersonate vendors.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Zscaler launches co-located data centres in Canberra and Auckland
The investment will offer public and private sector enterprises greater resilience in support of their zero trust cybersecurity posture.
Story image
Identity and Access Management
Ping Identity launches corporate venture capital fund
Ping Identity has launched a corporate venture capital fund to foster innovative offerings for the identity security market.
Story image
Enterprise Resource Planning / ERP
Five ways your ERP is letting you down and why its time for a change
Wiise explains while moving to a new system may seem daunting, the truth is that legacy systems could be holding your business back.
Story image
Attack
Phishing attacks are making a comeback
No matter what approach or tool cybercriminals use to breach a network, they all have one thing in common: access.
PwC
WSLHD and PwC’s Consulting Business came together to solve through the challenges of COVID-19. A model of care was developed to the NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation guidelines with new technology platforms and an entirely new workforce.
Link image
Story image
Manufacturing
Sternum joins NXP, collaborates on IoT security and observability
Sternum has announced it has joined the software partner community of NXP Semiconductors, a manufacturer of and large marketplace for embedded controllers.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Zero trust security adoption rises 27% in just two years
A survey of WAN managers has revealed that multi-factor authentication and single sign-on are the top zero trust features implemented.
PwC
PwC's Consulting Business and PwC's Indigenous Consulting are proud to play an important role in helping Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience build IMAGI-NATION, a free online university for marginalised communities around the world.
Link image
Story image
Digital Transformation
What CISOs think about cyber security, visibility and cloud
Seeking to uncover the minds of CISOs and CIOs across Asia Pacific, my company recently asked Frost & Sullivan to take a snapshot of cloud adoption behaviour in the region.
Story image
Gartner
Gartner's top recommendations for security leaders
"Leaders now recognise that major disruption is only one crisis away. We can’t control it, but we can evolve our thinking, philosophy, program and architecture.”
Story image
Ransomware
Secureworks reveals new information on BRONZE STARLIGHT threat group
New research from Secureworks has uncovered new information on the Chinese threat group BRONZE STARLIGHT and how they are using targeted ransomware to initiate complicated attacks.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Threat actors ramp up their social engineering attacks
As people get better at identifying potential threats in their inbox, threat actors must evolve their methods. Their new M.O? Social engineering.
Story image
Advent One
Advent One partners with US vulnerability management company
Advent One has partnered with New York based vulnerability management company, Vicarius to accentuate cybersecurity detection and response capabilities