The list of Wave’s customers runs the gamut from household names with hundreds of thousands of employees to consulting firms with only ten-strong. No matter the size, the probability that these organizations are using the Windows Server 2008 infrastructure is high. As the dominant player in the market, Microsoft Windows servers account for more than 75 percent of all servers sold, according to an IDC estimate back in 2010.
Protecting our nation’s critical infrastructure has become an increasingly important topic, especially as more and more systems are connected to the internet. But even with some of the most sophisticated security suites in place, there’s no guarantee of protection. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a warning that our nation is not fully-prepared to handle cyberattacks.
As reported in the ICS-CERT Monitor, DHS acknowledged that one particular power company in the U.S. was infected with a virus as recently as this October that damaged the facility’s turbine control systems and infected 10 computers connected to it. When cyber security experts finally caught on, the plant had suffered three weeks’ worth of setbacks.
It is with both gratitude and sadness that we announce the retirement of Lark Allen as Executive Vice President of Business Development at Wave.
A longtime advocate for Trusted Computing throughout his career, Lark worked closely with leading players in the storage space to promote market acceptance of self-encrypting drives built on industry standards. Through these partnerships, and because of Lark’s invaluable contributions, Wave has more enterprise SEDs under management today than any other ISV. Most recently, Lark spearheaded Wave’s entry into the mobile security space, as the company’s representative on the ARM Trust-Ready program and as a partner of the newly launched Trustonic venture committed to improving security standards on mobile devices. He also served as a member of the Storage Work Group within the Trusted Computing Group (where Wave is a founding member). Before joining Wave in 1998, Lark spent 30 years in executive management positions in sales, marketing and consulting at IBM.
Yesterday’s announcement of Trustonic, a new venture from ARM (the UK-based chip company), Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient, signaled that industry was finally getting serious about the need for trust built into smart connected devices—just as more and more consumers and corporate users look to conduct commerce or financial transactions on their tablets or smartphones. Trustonic’s formation stands as a validation of the transformational role Trusted Computing will play in the mobile device security of tomorrow.
Wave is an official launch partner, and it’s fitting, as we’ve been one of the most strident advocates for a safer, more trusted computing environment for more than a decade now, since we introduced our EMBedded Application Security SYstem, or EMBASSY solution. EMBASSY included a chip that provided a programmable trusted execution environment (TEE) that securely ran ‘trustlets.’
Recent research has revealed that fewer than half of CIOs test cloud security systems and procedures. At the same time, the survey, conducted by risk consulting firm Protiviti, reported that 84 per cent of respondents were concerned about cyber security.
This reveals a contradiction: why do CIOs care about cyber security, and yet not exercise measures to ensure data safety within the cloud?