Today’s interview is with Chris Townsend, Vice President Sales and Operations, Federal at Symantec has a focus on cybersecurity challenges for the federal government. In most cybersecurity discussions, Symantec is the 5-ton elephant in the room, after all, it has been in business since 1982, has thousands of employees, and has billions of dollars in sales.
Symantec just finished a wildly successful conference and Chris came into the studio to show listeners what today’s Symantec means to them.
During the interview he talks about sharing information among agencies, reacting to cyber threats, mapping cyber strategy to agency needs, and the strength of public/private partnerships.
One important takeaway from the discussion it the idea that cybersecurity is not an island — it is not just the responsibility of the CIO or the CISO, but everyone on staff. Chris talked about some of the most malicious attacks are still phishing.
If you are seeking on controlling the weak point in cybersecurity, the human, one may want to look at a system that can enforce policies rather than having federal employees. Symantec has over thirty products that can be assembled to meet the specific needs of agencies small and large.
Chris Townsend reinforced the importance of having some kind of a systematic approach to cybersecurity. This is due the avalanche of data from IoT devices and new mutations in clouds – like hybrid clouds.