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Exposing the Downside of Digital Transformation

Former RSA Chairman Art Coviello on Innovation, Attack Surface and the Role of CISO
Art Coviello, managing partner, SYN Ventures

Digital transformation has accelerated the pace of innovation, but it has also brought on new threats. The state of cybersecurity defense is calamitous given the current attack surface. Even worse, adversaries are more efficient, automated and effective than ever before, said Art Coviello, managing partner with SYN Ventures.

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IoT and OT devices pose a significant risk, and companies need to focus on securing their backend and side doors, said Coviello, a former executive chairman of RSA Security. While next-generation anti-malware technologies have addressed traditional malware, ransomware presents a unique challenge, he said.

"Identity is still at the forefront" as organizations are onboarding both employees and third parties, he added. He stressed the need to be aware of all the applications on the network and to "establish the workflows between all of those applications."

"If you don't have visibility as to who these people are, you can't have the identity protections you need to stop people from taking advantage," Coviello concluded.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2023, Coviello discussed:

  • The emergence of the hybrid workforce, cloud migration and app culture;
  • How security and privacy are evolving together;
  • The changing role of CISOs.

Coviello has more than 30 years of strategic, operating and financial management experience at high-technology companies and is one of the most recognized figures within the cybersecurity industry. Former executive chairman of RSA Security, he has played a leading role in several national cybersecurity initiatives and has served as an adviser to key government agencies and public-private initiatives.

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