What Cybersecurity Can Learn from the Secret Service

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 5:00pm5:30pm

Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Strategy, Illumio


It’s easy to break into networks, and it always will be, because a bad actor only has to be right once to get inside. It should be hard to stay hidden once they're in, because each move could expose them. But today it isn't. Intruders spent more than a year inside the DNC and six months inside OPM. The 2013 Yahoo hack wasn't discovered until stolen data appeared for sale in 2016. We've spent the last decade trying to shift our defenses to the interior, but all the defense in depth in the world won't help us if we don't solve this puzzle. The Secret Service offers a compelling model. There's a reason that jumping the wrought iron fence at the White House is easy, but avoiding capture once inside is almost impossible. The Secret Service accepts porous boundaries and has used control of their environment to defend the President for more than a century. This talk will examine how the Secret Service protects the President, how their approach can improve cybersecurity, and what we need to do to get there.>/p>

Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Strategy, Illumio

Nathaniel Gleicher is the Head of Cybersecurity Strategy at Illumio, and is trained as a computer scientist and a lawyer. Nathaniel is a regular speaker at leading industry events, and his writing has appeared in industry publications, the popular press, and academic journals. Prior to Illumio, Nathaniel investigated and prosecuted domestic and international cybercrime at the U.S. Department of Justice and served as Director for Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council at the White House. He has also taught computer programming, designed and developed custom e-commerce and database solutions, and built and secured computer networks.

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author = {Nathaniel Gleicher},
title = {What Cybersecurity Can Learn from the Secret Service},
year = {2017},
address = {Oakland, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
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