Eddie Schwartz of RSA

Eddie Schwartz, CISO of RSA, emphasized the need for enterprises to use the data they have on their networks to help defend against targeted attacks.

Eugene Kaspersky

Kaspersky talked about the difficulty of defending enterprises from high-level attacks and said no organization is safe. “I’m afraid that every industry can be a victim of a high-profile attack,” he said.

Raiu detailed the way that the Red October attackers infiltrated their targets and pulled data out, showing the sophistication and patience of the attackers.

Andy Steingruebl, left, senior manager, customer and ecosystem security at PayPal, and Adrian Stone, director of security response at BlackBerry, discussed the difficulty of dealing with targeted attacks in the enterprise. “Incident response is the key,” Stone said.

Howard Schmidt

Howard Schmidt, former White House cybersecurity coordinator and Microsoft CSO, said executives need to be aware of the threats their companies face. “We have to understand that theft of intellectual property is different from trying to turn the lights out,” he said.

Eugene Kaspersky

Costin Raiu, the head of the Kaspersky Lab Global Research and Analysis Team, Petr Merkulov, chief product officer, and CEO Eugene Kaspersky, discussed the need for better awareness of security threats and more comprehensive protection.

NASA Compromised

And then there was NASA. Poor NASA. This was a tough year for the formerly high-flying and universally beloved U.S. space agency. Not only has their budget seen deep cuts as the US Government tries to balance its books, but they also celebrated the bitter-sweet final mission of their once marquee Space Shuttle Program.

There are a number of US government branches, offices, and agencies that, by their very nature, have giant targets painted on their computer networks. America’s national library would not seem to be among that lot, but alas, not even the Library of Congress could escape the ire of hackers this year.

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