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'Outlaws and terrorists' amplify security challenges, Motorola security chief says




'Outlaws and terrorists' amplify security challenges, Motorola security chief says
'Outlaws and terrorists' amplify security challenges, Motorola security chief says



http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/031009-infosec-motorola-boni.html 

By Ellen Messmer 
Network World 
03/10/2009 

ORLANDO -- The current era is marked by tumultuous change, high speed 
and huge danger, said Motorola's corporate security officer Bill Boni, 
based on his perspective of more than 30 years as a security 
practitioner.

"Outlaws and terrorists are now positioned to compete -- and sometimes 
win -- against nation states," said Boni in his presentation Monday at 
the Infosec conference. Criminals are coming together to "leverage the 
Internet," sometimes more effectively than the good guys do, he said. 
Add in the global economic crisis, and Boni said the current era is the 
most dangerous he can recall.

"I've never seen the world this unstable and dangerous," said Boni, who 
recently was put in charge of Motorola's physical security as well as 
information security. From terrorist attacks such as the devastating 
attack on a hotel in Mumbai to infiltration of payment card networks, as 
occurred at Heartland Payment Systems, it's clear "there's unprecedented 
risk to organizations and people," Boni noted.

For security professionals trying to protect corporate assets, there is 
a need to respond quickly to changes to help companies survive in these 
trying times, he pointed out. "Speed is the mega-trend facing the 
organization," Boni said.

Even though security professionals have worked to install measures such 
as intrusion-prevention or antivirus defenses, and sometimes restricted 
Internet use, their role needs to evolve into more of a facilitator to 
help corporations conduct business in difficult times.

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