Cybersecurity is an increasingly important issue in boardrooms and IT departments across every industry. With breaches becoming headline news, and reputations, jobs and revenue on the line, executives are paying more attention to data security than ever. Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, in his second Oracle OpenWorld keynote, brought the issue to the forefront, noting that in his experience, executives today do take cybersecurity extremely seriously, but that it’s just very hard to do security well, given the disparate nature of the legacy IT systems that most companies have in their own data centers.
During his keynote, “The Role of Security and Privacy in a Globalized Society.” Mark Hurd served as moderator for a roundtable discussion that included former CIA and NSA Director General Michael Hayden, former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, former Chief of British Secret Intelligence Sir John Scarlett, and Oracle Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven.
Early in the session, Hayden provided a useful framework for the discussion when he said, “The world has been more dangerous in my lifetime than currently, but it has never been more complicated.” Johnson, Scarlett and Screven reinforced his statement by highlighting the many ways in which cyberwarfare and cyberattacks have evolved faster than the defensive responses available to nation-states and large enterprises. Screven, however, sounded a positive note by pointing to AI, machine learning and autonomous capabilities as critical tools that will strengthen cyberdefense and significantly alter the balance of power moving forward.