The vast majority of data breaches in recent years have occurred as a result of social engineering attacks – password compromise, malware introduction through e-mail or Web browsing, phishing attacks asking for personal information. This means security is everyone’s problem and no longer just the purview of highly-trained security professionals. The good, the bad, and the ugly is: whether or not “security-anything” is or will be in our job title, we all need to accept our responsibility as part of the solution.
In our session we look forward to sharing insights around solving the “security is everyone’s problem” problem by unpacking two main threads:
- It starts with awareness. Awareness training is essential, but generally seen as a nuisance. How do you make awareness training more compelling and provide better, more measurable results? Some of it comes down to an approach to learning, education and training (we’re big fans of gamification). You can also address the need for security awareness through cultural changes.
- We cannot solve this problem alone. As compute power becomes more accessible and affordable, and successful cyber breaches become more profitable, we won’t win this fight alone. The use of AI/ML has been introduced to cyberwarfare, and has incredible potential to both augment and automate the work of cyber professionals.
Executive Vice President of Research and Development
Fred Wright drives Research and Development (R&D) for the Company's solutions, working with business units to ensure development efforts align with rapidly evolving industry and customer needs. Additionally, he works closely with key industry partners to support the executive vision for the organization. At Circadence, R&D is focused on providing state-of-the-art capabilities to fill the "innovation gap" that exists between cyber threats and defenses.
Prior to joining Circadence in 2017, Dr. Wright served as a Fellow at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, where he led the Cyberspace Initiative. In this role, he evaluated start-up cybersecurity technologies and led commercial engagements within Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Wright is also an adjunct professor in the Georgia Tech School of Computer Science and an instructor in Georgia Tech's Cybersecurity Certificate Program.
Fred and his wife live in Atlanta, Georgia and have four adult children, two of whom are adopted. He is active in his church, and also serves on the board of a children's ministry in Virginia. Fred enjoys running, hiking, camping, travel and photography.
Director for Cyber Academic Programs
Ric Messier is an author, consultant, and educator who holds GCIH, GSEC, CEH, and CISSP certifications, and has published several books on information security and digital forensics. With decades of experience in information technology and information security, Ric has held the varied roles of programmer, system administrator, network engineer, security engineering manager, VoIP engineer, consultant, and professor. He is currently a Director for Cyber Academic Programs at Circadence and was formerly the Program Director for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics at Champlain College.