Former NSA Honcho Calls Enterprise Security ‘Appalling’

Former NSA technology boss Prescott Winter has a word for the kind of security he sees even at large, technologically sophisticated companies: Appalling. Companies large enough to afford good security remain vulnerable to hackers, malware and criminals because they tend to throw technological solutions at potential areas of risk rather than focusing on specific and immediate threats, Winter said during his keynote speech Oct. 1 at the Splunk Worldwide User’s Conference in Las Vegas. ‘As we look at the situation in the security arena we see an awful lot of big companies – Fortune 100-level companies – with, to be perfectly candid, appalling security. They have fundamentally no idea what they’re doing,’ Winter said, according to a story in U.K. tech-news site Computing. During almost 28 years at the National Security Agency (NSA), Winter established the spy agency’s Technology Directorate and served as the agency’s first CTO. He also held positions as the NSA’s CIO, its deputy chief of Defensive Information Operations and, oddly, as chief of Customer Response. He is currently managing director of Chertoff Group, the strategic management and security consultancy established by Michael Chertoff, secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security under Pres. George W. Bush and co-author of the USA Patriot Act.


PWc: Information Security survey

PWC published the the survey results of Information Security survey conducted by them. Their interactive data exploration tool lets you personally select criteria and explore the data for several key questions.

With this tool, you can interact and engage with the data. You have control. Build your own data charts. Share them with colleagues and friends, or print them out for further use. And be sure to download The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2014 in its entirety to see all the results. Access the survey tool here.