Opinion: The most needed innovations in IT are in the security domain

April 9, 2010
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The IT industry is about two things:  Functionality and Security.  They go hand in hand.  If you have functionality with no security it is worthless.  If you have security without functionality it is stupid.  So the reality is that security and functionality really go hand in hand.   But another reality is that every organization and innovator tends to focus on getting the functionality out with just the minimum amount of attention provided to security.  Meanwhile, cyber criminals, hackers, hactivists and even nation sponsored attackers are continually looking for weaknesses to exploit.  We the good guys of IT need to continually consider ways to enhance innovation in security.

That is part of the reason I think the work of the Security Innovation Network is so important.  More from their website:

Security Innovation Network

The Security Innovation Network (SINET) www.security-innovation.org is focused on advancing IT security innovation through collaborative models. Our goal is to “Give the Entrepreneurs a Voice” by increasing situational awareness for both the builders and buyers of innovative cyber security solutions

The IT industry is about two things:  Functionality and Security.  They go hand in hand.  If you have functionality with no security it is worthless.  If you have security without functionality it is stupid.  So the reality is that security and functionality really go hand in hand.   But another reality is that every organization and innovator tends to focus on getting the functionality out with just the minimum amount of attention provided to security.  Meanwhile, cyber criminals, hackers, hactivists and even nation sponsored attackers are continually looking for weaknesses to exploit.  We the good guys of IT need to continually consider ways to enhance innovation in security.

That is part of the reason I think the work of the Security Innovation Network is so important.  More from their website:

Security Innovation Network

The Security Innovation Network (SINET) www.security-innovation.org is focused on advancing IT security innovation through collaborative models. Our goal is to “Give the Entrepreneurs a Voice” by increasing situational awareness for both the builders and buyers of innovative cyber security solutions and services. A critical focus is “Bridging the Gap” between the Silicon Valley and the Beltway.

A coming event I would like to bring your attention to is the Security Innovation Network Showcase, which will be in DC on 27 October 2010. This showcase/expo has some huge goals and will no doubt move the ball forward in matching the most innovative cyber security solutions with some of the most critical needs of today’s enterprises.

If you are in an early stage cyber security company or if you are a CTO/CIO/CISO in an enterprise, please consider engaging in the Security Innovation Network and this showcase.

And if you are on Twitter please follow SINET at: http://twitter.com/SINETconnection.

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