Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in a digital world

November 15, 2016 | 2 minute read

It’s almost impossible to tell where our “real” (i.e. kinetic) lives end and our cyber lives begin. The line has become blurred and is already affecting the “human experience” in many ways at work and at play, in art and in science and beyond. The promise of technology to change what it means to be human for the better is exhilarating and exciting.

However, there’s a darker side; and we’re hearing about it more and more. Determined criminals and even nation-states, political groups and activists are all finding that hacking is a way to achieve their ends more reliably and with less risk and in most cases greater impact. We see it in the headlines every day as company after company is hacked, as large swaths of the Internet go dark and as potentially critical services are threatened going forward.

Cyber security is bigger than any one company

This has to be solved. We all know it. And now we’re seeing the emergence of more and more governance, regulation and public policy addressing it. At Cybereason, we are dedicated to giving advantages to our customers by helping them stop malicious operations and to prevent infrastructure breaches from becoming information breaches. But frankly, cyber security from a societal perspective is bigger than any one company and its products and services.

This is where the Coalition for Cybersecurity Policy and Law comes in, and why we’re proud to join it and think it's vital to be part of the public discourse and debate. We are earnest about taking an active role, working with our peers in the public and private sectors to make sure that the domain is well represented and the discipline of cyber security is in the conversation in the formulation of new policies.

Working out the cyber rules of engagement 

In the end, attack and defense are human endeavors. This is a new battleground for age-old struggles to be played out. We’ve had millennia to work out the rules, laws, policies, regulations and diplomacy in the kinetic world, but scant and precious few decades to do so in the cyber domain. We've had arguably less than a decade for the latest scale and class of threat and what new technologies like big data, cloud computing and the IoT open up.

Cybereason stands with the Coalition for Cybersecurity Policy and Law to be part of and to contribute to the public discussions and debate at this crucial juncture, especially with a new administration in the U.S. next year and a chance to renew and recharge the cyber-security mandate in 2017. We look forward to working with our peers and toward keeping the promise of the Internet bright and safe for all.

Sam Curry
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Sam Curry

Sam Curry is CSO at Cybereason and is a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute. Previously, Sam was CTO and CISO for Arbor Networks (NetScout) and was CSO and SVP R&D at MicroStrategy in addition to holding senior security roles at McAfee and CA. He spent 7 years at RSA, the Security Division of EMC as Chief Technologist and SVP of Product. Sam also has over 20 patents in security from his time as a security architect, has been a leader in two successful startups and is a board member of the Cybersecurity Coalition, of SSH Communications and of Sequitur Labs.

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