By Ellen Messmer
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
"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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