RSA CONFERENCE 2014 – San Francisco - February 25, 2014 -
Art Coviello, Executive Vice President of EMC Corporation and Executive Chairman of RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC), delivered his opening keynote to a record crowd at RSA Conference 2014, calling for international government and industry cooperation on major issues including cyber war, surveillance, privacy and trust on the Internet.
“The tension between and among the competing interests of governments, business, and individuals in the digital world should not be surprising. Information has become more easily accessible, and more valuable,” Coviello said. “We are in the midst of a fundamental and historic shift in the use of Information Technology, a shift that is already having monumental implications for the future of our society and culture. The rapid expansion and democratization of technology has brought the agendas of disparate groups crashing together with unpredictable consequences.”
Coviello articulated four guiding principles to encourage debate and action by all parties with a common vested interest in ensuring a safer Internet:
Coviello also argued for changes at the NSA and intelligence organizations around the world to adopt a governance model that more clearly separates their defensive and intelligence gathering roles.
Coviello noted that digital technology, Big Data and the emergence of the Internet of Things are key elements of what he referred to as a “historic shift in the use of information technology.” He added that the digital capabilities of today have the power to solve many of our societal ills but they also have the power to destroy and must have agreed-upon norms for their acceptable use. “We must bring together the vested interests so that an environment of positive dialogue is built,” he said.
“We urgently need these systems to be intelligent and integrated enough to automate responses that isolate compromised elements and prevent harm, not only in today's hardware-defined infrastructures, but also in the new generation of software-defined networks and infrastructures,” he said.
In an age of user-defined IT, Coviello explained the need for a more intelligence-based approach to identity systems that enable security teams to balance the needs of users and IT departments while still being able to enforce policy over user devices. He went on to clarify that identity governance must be managed in both mobile and cloud environments, recognizing that new solutions are needed to “…adapt to the evolution of identity in the user-defined age of IT.”
Coviello concluded by reiterating his call to governments to adopt the four principles and encouraged the security industry to do its part to create secure frameworks and technology needed to help ensure a safer and more trusted digital world.
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