Cybersecurity Leaders Release Findings on Advanced Persistent Threats

RSA and TechAmerica release findings after Washington, D.C. summit on Advanced Persistent Threats from top cybersecurity leadership in government, defense industrial base, financial services, critical infrastructure and technology.

The findings are derived from a forum of more than 100 of the world’s top cybersecurity leaders from government and the private sector. Participants in the APT Summit shared threat intelligence and defense strategies to protect against security threats.

“The frequency and volume of attacks has reached pandemic levels – this is not a passing fad or anomaly,” said Eddie Schwartz, Chief Security Officer of RSA, The Security Division of EMC.  “The new fact of life is a ‘state’ of persistent, dynamic, intelligent threat and disruption, the economic and societal ramifications of which are overwhelming. This doesn’t mean that we as a collective of security professionals are powerless against our adversaries – we can and should be able to manage our risk to an acceptable level and change the ongoing and grim trends.  Only through collaboration can we unite our strategies to combat these advanced threats as we move forward together in our pursuit of a trusted digital world.”

The summits attendees, including CISOs, CIOs and senior officials, participated in multiple interactive sessions yielding a three page report on their findings and suggestions.

The document suggests that organizations should learn to live in a state of compromise, simplicity is the path to better security and that situational awareness is essential in detecting threats early. An in-depth whitepaper delving further into the summit findings will be published in October.

RSA is to hold a series of regional Advanced Threat Summits this fall with the first to occur on Oct. 10 in London.

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