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December 08, 2015

Security Continues to be Top of Mind for Tech Industry


By Rory J. Thompson Web Editor



Recent events and political prattling have gotten many Americans worried, and with good reason; the word “security” seems to be on everyone’s mind.

One company that is taking a closer look at the issue is ProjectSafety.org, a company that began with the development of a ‘mesh communication system’ that would be able to create on-demand networks using the public safety and private sector vehicle as the independent power supply. This public safety on-demand network combined the 4.9 GHz public safety, the 5.9 GHz transportation and the 2.4 GHz public spectrum into a single 802.11j Wi-Fi chip, all offer 23 public safety agencies primary spectrum access in emergencies.

These network designs expanded into both smart grid and smart city applications which presented even more complex and demanding cybersecurity requirements. As a result, ProjectSafety researches, designs, tests and deploys cyber security solutions in both the public and private sector while continually searching for new capabilities and refining its current solutions. 

TMC caught up with Larry Karisny, Director of ProjectSafety, to get his input on various security issues. First up he was asked what he believed is the biggest security threat currently facing businesses.

“The most damaging target in security is critical infrastructure,” Karisny said. “This could bring an entire advanced country down and make them a third-world country in months. The most susceptible to cyber attacks are hospitals. They have the most attractive database records for personal identity theft and use a variety of digital technologies from old to new that are susceptible to cyber attacks. Finally, billions of IoT’s could put cybersecurity completely out of control if the security of these devices are not addressed now.”

Karisny was also asked how high the threat level currently is.

“You have to be blind not to be aware of security threats; Cybersecurity education has increased over the past year,” he noted. “One of the main reasons -- if not the main reason for cyber attacks -- is still human error. Realizing this, security practices have been a main focus as have targeting specific security policies in day-to-day workflow events. Now we just need cybersecurity technologies to real-time audit these security policies in milliseconds. These technologies are available and this can be done.”

Finally, he was asked what his biggest challenges are in helping implement change, and his answer was no surprise.

“In cybersecurity, my biggest challenge is bureaucracy,’ Karisny said. “There are solutions and technology available to address cybersecurity, but big business and big government are too slow in getting this through their channels. Hackers know this and will always have the first strike advantage if we don’t change how cyber defense technologies are reviewed and deployed.”

At ITEXPO Ft. Lauderdale, Karisny is opening during the session titled, “Cybersecurity: The Past , The Present and The Future,” which will offer a real world look at the ways security has adapted and what needs to change to secure the technologies we enjoy today and even more so in the future. 

“We must openly recognize that our current cybersecurity defense technologies are not working and we must find technologies that will or our digital age could come crashing to a dangerous halt.”

                   




Edited by Stefania Viscusi
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