Today’s guest is Rick Pina, Chief Technology advisor, World Wide Technology. He has twenty five years’ experience working in technology in the Department of Defense. Today, he works at World Wide Technology (WWT). This is a company based in St. Louis who has recently opened a technology center in downtown Washington DC.
In the beginning of the interview, Rick recounts how when he was attempting to evaluate products he had an elaborate way to assemble and set up test beds for complex systems. It was expensive, difficult, and time consuming. The WWT offers a single location where systems can be compared in an environment what allows for “What if” scenarios to be played out. An enterprise architect, or person involved with information assurance, can see what happens what systems are integrated in a dynamic manner.
Because of his experience, Rick knows that responding to cyber threats has changed drastically over the years. He whimsically recalls how some in the military would put “rings around things.” A reference to setting put perimeters and firewalls.
There is no doubt that today’s security matrix must include traditional defenses, however, cyberthreats are changing and modifying so greatly that a new approach is demanded. For example, Rick mentions the concept of Zero Trust. New methods of security must be implemented in manners that are consistent with compliance and system integration.