Cyber Week Q&A with WhiteHawk COO Trevor Rudolph

by Trevor Rudolph

Tel Aviv, Israel

Our Digital World: A Crisis of Quality

Cyber Week is an annual CyberSecurity conference held in Tel Aviv, Israel. The conference brings together industry experts with varying backgrounds from academia, government, and the private sector – offering insight into CyberSecurity developments around the globe. Among the distinguished keynote speakers for this year’s conference is WhiteHawk COO, Trevor Rudolph.

We sat down with Trevor ahead of the conference for a Q&A.=

Why is Cyber Week such an important event?

Trevor:

It is the premiere CyberSecurity event in the epicenter of innovation – Israel, and it represents an important partnership between Israeli and American thought leaders.  The conference is all about getting to the root cause of CyberSecurity problems and discussing implementable solutions.

What are your expectations for this year’s conference?

Trevor:

My expectations are to establish an even stronger relationship with Israeli thought leaders and companies and to think through how we can address the security challenges of our time.  I’m particularly interested in solving problems in the context of public policy and government.

What message do you hope to convey?

Trevor:

You’ll hear me talk about how I believe the technology industry is in the depths of a crisis of quality.  Far too often, technology products are rushed to market with security and privacy being mere after thoughts. My assessment is that in our haste to spur innovation, we have actually exacerbated a crisis of quality.  My talk will dive into more detail on this challenge and the specific solutions required.

We will have a follow-up Q&A with Trevor after Cyber Week. We’ve also included the abstract of his speech below: 

Our Digital World:  A Crisis of Quality

A Case Study on How a Mix of Incentives and
Penalties Could be the Solution

By Trevor Rudolph

Chief Operating Officer, WhiteHawk

 

ABSTRACT: 

In 2017, we find ourselves fully immersed in the digital age.  An age that was made possible by some of the great technological advances of the 1960s and 70s.  We’re on the verge of our vehicles and medical devices being completely autonomous - not needing the very subjects they serve in order to drive, pump, and compute.  But as we all know, these advances have not come without peril.  In our interconnected world, the tradeoff for convenience has often been an erosion of privacy, trust, and quality.  My assessment is that in our haste to spur innovation, we have actually exacerbated a crisis of quality.=

There are some who say that there is no innate conflict between innovation and security.  That when you consider the potential impact of a security event on a company’s reputation, it should be intuitive for senior leadership to understand and prioritize security by design when rushing a product to market.  In my opinion, this view is naive and does not take inherent human behavior into account.  This behavior is fundamentally rational and will not change without intervention by outside forces.  What we still lack is a governance system, to include enforcement, incentives, and penalties, to ensure effective implementation of stronger security design practices. 

Please join me for a case study in how “security by design” is often ignored in our technology industry and how a mix of incentive and enforcement actions might be the solution to the industry’s most fundamental challenges.

For more information, visit the Cyber Week website.

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