Handle:

Security Blanki

IRL:
Sarah Blankinship

Rank:
Senior Security Strategist Lead

Likes:
Vuln wrangling, teams of rivals, global climate change - the hotter the better

Dislikes:
Slack jawed gawkers (girls are geeks too!), customers @ risk, egos

Aloha from the Shakacon III, a security conference held each year in lovely Honolulu, Hawaii! Although I’m currently in a different region of the world, talking with a completely different segment of the security ecosystem, I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on the BlueHat Security Forum EU event recently held in Brussels, Belgium.

Celene’s EcoStrat blog post highlighted the collaborative nature of the event and described the amazing content that was presented to the group of key EU security stakeholders. While to be a part of building a new platform for technical information exchange was a success in itself, we all have different priorities. In order to effect change, we must understand each other and work together, across technologies, organizations, and country boundaries. With the building of better collaboration in this community, we all have taken one more step in helping to secure the planet as a collective.

I’ve mentioned in a previous EcoStrat post that the EcoStrat team strives to build bridges and help folks get over them. The BlueHat Security Forum EU event was an example of bridge-building in action. It was rewarding to introduce representatives from governments, industry, and enterprises, as well as individual participants to each other. Prior to the BlueHat Security Forum, this particularly diverse group had never been in the same room discussing current security threat landscapes, understanding together the realities of securing critical national infrastructures and corporate networks alike.

With such a diverse collection of attendees, participants naturally had a wide-range of security priorities. Concerns ranged from targeted attacks to ID theft, defending Web applications and supply chains, developing and deploying secure coding practices to policy development, political concerns within and outside of the EU, and the list goes on.

Certainly the message that there is no one magic solution to security was delivered. There is still so much work to be done. It will take defense-in-depth, secure coding, securing third-party applications and proprietary applications; it will take technology and people. We all understand that security can be likened to an arms race; every innovation we make in security is met by a very sophisticated collective of global malicious actors. We must be vigilant together; we must work together.

Mahalo for reading and here’s to another step towards achieving community-based defense.

Sarah

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