2014 was a difficult year for retail chains, the federal government, healthcare providers, banks and the everyday consumer. And these are only the ones that received high levels of public scrutiny. According to a report released by the Ponemon Institute in September 2014, 43% of companies experienced a data breach in the last year. Between large-scale attacks from anonymous hacking groups, nation-states and insider threats, this year shed light on the ongoing battle that is cyber security, and where organizations should focus in the coming year, to keep their networks safe from intrusions and the most sophisticated attackers.
So where is cyber security headed in 2015 and how do companies avoid becoming just another statistic? We sat down with John Fitzgerald, CTO of North America at Wave Systems to get his take on security’s year ahead.
By Boudewijn Kiljan
This year’s IT-SA conference was held in Nuremberg, Germany on October 7 – 9. It is, by far, the largest security conference in the DACH area (German-speaking countries in central Europe). In fact, this year’s conference enjoyed record-setting numbers, including 7,400 trade visitors and 385 exhibitors from 21 countries.
This year, Wave was present at both the Infinigate and Protea booths, offering product demos and general information about Wave solutions. As Wave partners that are selling Wave products in the DACH area, Infinigate and Protea staff members were able to offer extensive knowledge about the Wave solution portfolio on the exhibit floor.
By John Fitzgerald
Members of the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) will come together to present a half-day session titled, “Where Trust Begins: A Look at Trusted Computing and Security Automation in the Real World” at the Trusted Cyber Collaboration Workshop in Arlington, Virginia on September 24, 2014.
The three-day event, hosted by the Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program (TSCP), is focused on secure collaboration among industry partners and their supply chain members to mitigate the risk of IT security breaches and to accelerate secure information sharing, while reducing overall costs.
While technically considered still in its infancy, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) sure isn’t acting like it. Founded in March 2014, this conglomerate nonprofit was formed by an impressive group of industrial giants: AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel. And this month, Wave was officially welcomed as a new member of this bold industrial cooperative.
Wave Systems has been announced as Gold Winner in the “Information Technology (Software) Innovations” category at the 6th Annual Golden Bridge Awards. Wave won for Wave Virtual Smart Card 2.0, our new solution for secure device authentication. (Two years ago, Wave won top honors for deploying and managing SEDs in the “Case Study and Deployment” category.)
“Our product development team has done a terrific job,” said Bill Solms, CEO of Wave Systems. “Enterprise security breaches are occurring with increasing frequency and severity. We challenged our team to deliver a solution that would transform an organization’s ability to secure itself from these malicious cyberattacks. Wave Virtual Smart Card now offers an essential line of defense to organizations requiring strong access protections.”