HP Innovation Journal Issue 10: Fall 2018 - Page 21

AN INTERVIEW WITH HP'S SECURITY ADVISORY BOARD For decades, hackers fell squarely into two camps: “black hats”—initially in it to show off their skills and then, later, for money, espionage and data theft—and “white hats,” who breached systems to uncover flaws before the bad guys could find them and ensured that companies promptly fix ed them. More recently, destruction for destruction’s sake has become a new hallmark of the global cyber-threat landscape. The foremost examples of this were the ransomware and destructive malware attack campaigns we saw in 2017 (Wannacry, Petya, NoPetya) that rendered computers unusable all over the globe before the devastation was halted. With malicious actors everywhere looking for any vulnerability to exploit, one key to surviving the constant escalation of threats is to keep reinventing how we stay ahead of the game. This is a challenge to which HP continues to rise, investing in security innovation and research and leading the industry by constantly raising the state of the art in endpoint security across our portfolio. More recently, we took an extra step by setting up our own Security Advisory Board, bringing a trio of outside security experts inside the company to work with our own security technologists and strategists. The advisory board will help us be the sharpest we can be about what the future holds: understanding the threat landscape today and being able to address the real problems of tomorrow. All three board members have unique firsthand experience in the world of hacking, with backgrounds that span offensive and defensive security and views of both operational and R&D security challenges. This new board builds on HP’s twenty years of leadership in cybersecurity. As the world’s largest PC manufacturer and leading maker of printers, HP has driven a slew of security innovations, from technology that provides cryptographically secure updates of a device’s BIOS to run-time intrusion detection, which checks for anomalies and automatically reboots when an intrusion is detected. Q: We invited our board members to talk to the Innovation Journal about their experience. “You recently joined our new Security Advisory Board, at a time when cybersecurity is clearly top-of-mind for our customers. What motivates you to help advise HP on our current and future security strategy, and on our role in helping customers navigate the threat landscape?” An Interview with HP’s Security Advisory Board 21