CSC Hosts Distinguished Panel of Government Officials and Commercial Executives at Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, D.C.
News Release -- June 21, 2011
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – June 21 – The loss of valuable intellectual property through a cyber attack can cause market failure for companies’ key offerings and infiltrate the governmental systems that host the most sensitive data. To address these and other cybersecurity issues concerning CIO and CISO-level executives worldwide, CSC (NYSE: CSC) hosted a cybersecurity roundtable discussion during its annual “Interchange” event in Washington, D.C., last week, bringing together a panel of distinguished international government and private sector officials. The session was hosted by Michael W. Laphen, CSC president, chairman and CEO, and Sam Visner, CSC lead cyber executive.
With increasingly sophisticated threats, competing priorities and constrained resources, organizations are challenged as never before to thwart cyber attacks and operate confidently in cyberspace. Some of the key takeaways from the half-day cyber roundtable included:
- Defense and Resilience – Defense of the network perimeter is crucial, but even more important is the resilience of an organization to maintain operations after an attack has occurred, to sustain protection of intellectual property, and to effect swift recovery.
- The Cyber Domain – In a national security context, cyber is more commonly defined as a “domain” of equal importance to air, land and sea, and thus requires pertinent doctrine and legal statutes. One of the fundamental differences between these other domains and cyber is that we have the capability to control it.
- Assurance and Attribution – There is a growing concern about the lack of trust and assurance of knowing where attacks like Stuxnet originate, and who could be selling that information to the highest bidder. The private sector would be well advised to develop better tools and techniques to allow clients to withstand and aid in the attribution of cyber attacks.
- The Emergence of Cloud – Cloud computing and the evolution of the IT services industry to an “as-a-service” business model presents organizations with new ways to thwart cyber attacks. These technologies present platforms for creating alternative architectures that provide a more secure cyber environment with service levels that mitigate risk.
- Public/Private Partnership – The interface between public and private sector is key to future success in the cyber landscape.
“The cyber threat to public and private organizations around the globe is advanced and persistent,” said Laphen. “Now is the time to engage across industries and borders to have a more meaningful exchange of information about these threats and how they can be tempered. The cybersecurity roundtable during this year’s CSC Interchange was an engaging conversation with some of the most influential cyber thought leaders from government and private sectors, and we’re committed to continuing these collaborative efforts to meet the critical cybersecurity needs of our customers.”
CSC’s nearly 2,000 cyber professionals serve commercial clients and public sector enterprises in the United States and overseas, including civilian departments and agencies, and defense organizations. Cybersecurity offerings include:
- Vulnerability analysis and penetration testing
- Data loss prevention services
- A full range of managed security services
- A global cyber strike-force to respond to cybersecurity incidents
- Cyber forensics training and analysis
- Common Criteria Test Laboratories in the US, Europe and the Far East
- A worldwide infrastructure of Security Operations Centers
- Cyber threat analysis
- Professional services in support of all aspects of cyber requirements
- Cybersecurity strategy consulting and risk analysis services
- Cybersecurity training
For more information about the CSC cybersecurity group, visit: www.csc.com/cybersecurity
CSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled business solutions and services. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 91,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.0 billion for the 12 months ended April 1, 2011. For more information, visit the company's website at www.csc.com.