Three Takeaways from SINET Melbourne

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.