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The Digital Conundrum: Functionality and Flexibility is Great but Can it be Secured?

Nicole Perlroth  (Cybersecurity Journalist, The New York Times)

Neil Horden  (Principal Consultant, Horden Technology, LLC)

Curt Franklin  (Senior Analyst, Enterprise Security Analyst, Omdia)

Scott Agnew  (AVP, FirstNet Product Development, FirstNet Built with AT&T)

Donny Jackson  (Editor, IWCE's Urgent Communications, InformaTech)

Location: W229

Date: Wednesday, September 29

Time: 2:45pm - 4:00pm

Track: Security

Format: 75-Minute Short Course

Vault Recording: TBD

For years, virtually all forms of critical communications relied on siloed analog networks that typically could not be compromised unless a perpetrator was physically present within the footprint of the system. Today, the vast majority of network infrastructure is software-defined, and seemingly everything is interconnected—and the need for the ability to work remotely has been underscored throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. But can these software-based ecosystems with rapidly expanding attack vectors be secured from a variety of hacking entities, some of which are able to exploit vulnerabilities found via contractor access or flaws in foundational software code? The flurry of recent attacks on some of the largest and best-funded commercial and government entity have many reassessing their cybersecurity prevention and recovery strategies.