Three Takeaways from SINET Melbourne

I recently had the honor of being a panelist at SINET Melbourne.

SINET is dedicated to building a cohesive, worldwide Cybersecurity community with the goal of accelerating innovation through collaboration. The organization’s global series of events act as a catalyst that connects senior level private and government security professionals with solution providers, buyers, researchers and investors.

In Melbourne, I had a front row seat, and here were my three most important takeaways.

Cybersecurity awareness has gone mainstream.

As someone who has kept a keen eye on the evolution of cybersecurity in the last decade, I’m very encouraged to see that we no longer have to convince organizations to care about security. The conference presented in-depth information on how we deal with cyberthreats, as well as how we can remediate and manage attacks. That being said …

We’re missing a big piece of the puzzle.

An area where I’d obviously love to see more of a focus is on the move toward modular device design. The modular approach starts with the fundamentals of good security, including redundancy and defense-in-depth system implementation. Systems must move from an old-school monolithic approach to a modular approach. And this isn’t just a security play. …

That piece of the puzzle will change everything.

Modular device design is like constructing a solid building foundation – no one wants to talk about it. Everyone notices the sweeping architecture of a building or the latest technology that allows for a virtualized concierge, but no one stands around oohing and ahhing at the foundation. But a foundation created on the fundamentals of good security enables you to build something innovative on top. That is how I view the importance of modular design. Yes, it’s a security play, but it goes so much further than that.

I’m excited to see the awareness that cybersecurity now has, but my hope is that as we move forward, we can engage stakeholders – particularly the younger generation of cyber professionals – to embrace modularity and enable the next wave of innovation.


Our Master Plan – The Inflection Point (Part 2)

Continuing from The Past is Prologue (Part 1).

Since our founding days, our company’s purpose is to expedite the move to new technology and approaches that enables and encourages OEMs (the people who make devices) to construct more secure devices, while also enriching their functionality, and thereby enabling further innovation.  This would in turn would provide integrators with richer products and tools to build an entire connected, and secure ecosystem.  It would enable enterprises and users to reclaim lost productivity in scenarios where security became a burden or inhibiting (eg. Enterprise mobile users are often constrained by the applications with which they can run).  The cool thing about this technology and approach is that it has very broad applicability to how we build systems (more on that another time).

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Our Master Plan – The Past is Prologue (Part 1)

We’ve been doing some great things at Cog Systems and have an exciting vision for the future – our master plan – so I thought I’d share it with everyone in a couple of blog posts.  It’ll be fun.  Let’s see how it pans out over the next few years – I’ll probably be way off, because one of the things we are great at is being nimble and able to adapt quickly to where we see opportunity and need.  Let’s see.

But first, before I tell you where we are heading, I wanted to share where we have come from and share some insights into our team and our performance.

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