As Vice President of Information Security Solutions at Raytheon, Steve Hawkins knows the ins-and-outs of cybersecurity. His experiences in the fields of radar systems, signals intelligence and now cyber space have allowed him to become a strong defender against threats in the cyber realm.
In a recent interview with The New New Internet, Hawkins shared the current challenges his faces, his foresight into the company’s newest technologies and some advice that got him to where he is today.
In regards to his current obstacles, Hawkins explained that the speed of technological advancements is making the creation of new solutions to defend against threats a race against the clock. He said, “The cyber threat often needs to be addressed in a matter of milliseconds or less.”
In order to stay ahead of the curve, Hawkins explained that the company’s newest projects provides a great breakthrough in the field of cyber security.
“One of them, dynamic defense, is really an approach to tie all the technologies together. I don’t believe that there is any one solution that solves the cyber challenge. It is a layered-defense approach: whether you are looking at intrusion detection of malware, or prevention on the front-end, trying to stop new zero-day threats or the insider threat, or just being able to tie together the social aspects of the attack,” explained Hawkins.
These new advancements will mean a growth in the field. Hawkins explained that cybersecurity will shift to a more behavioral based architecture as cloud computing becomes more popular. He said, “The economics is to use cloud computing or some other form of shared resources to lower your IT costs. Therefore, the security products and capabilities have to follow that path so you still remain the most efficient as well as secure.”
Lastly, Hawkins told TNNI the most useful advice he has learned during his career, advice that has helped get him to where he is today. He said,”Things change rapidly in this business, so don’t overreact by anything that comes your way on a particular day.”