Journey through Enterprise IT Services
In Journey through Enterprise IT Services, Nadhan, HP Distinguished Technologist, explores the IT Services industry, and discusses technology trends in simplified terms.

Innovating with the criminal mind to secure $60 million at HP Discover

 “How to steal $60 million in 60 seconds” is one of the Innovation Theater session in the Security track at HP Discover. This session, delivered by Andrzej Kawalec, Chief Technologist, HP Enterprise Security Services, is about understanding how cyber criminals plan attacks that realize returns like $60 million in 60 seconds. While this session takes us into the darkest corners of Adversaries R Us, it also provides an opportunity to learn and apply a new style of thinking. I don’t expect to walk out with $60 million after this session, but I do feel very secure obtaining approximately $60 million worth of knowledge by attending the various sessions in this track. Join me in my quest to obtain $60 million worth of knowledge.

Protecting your enterprise against “Adversaries ‘R’ Us”

A federal indictment from the United States Attorney's Office charges five men with conspiring in a worldwide hacking and data breach scheme to steal more than 160 million credit card numbers (a scheme akin to a global enterprise) with a strategy to fraudulently get to the most valued asset — information. Legitimate enterprises must stay up-to-date on various concepts, techniques and tools required to proactively safeguard their enterprises against such schemes, which can be loosely labeled as “Adversaries ‘R’ Us.” The sessions at HP Protect 2013 offer a diverse array of topics to that end. Here are some of my picks in the context of this security breach — the largest such scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.

Fortify the dynamic enterprise with static code analysis tools

Security is what I had in mind when I started teaching my daughter driving recently. I explained all the steps that a good, secure driver must take before setting the vehicle in motion when it is static – at rest. While these are really simple steps to ensure, for example, that the mirrors are positioned properly and the turn signals are functioning, they are also powerful life-saving steps once the vehicle is in motion. Applications are like cars in many respects. Therefore, enterprises should take a similar approach before putting their applications in motion. It is much easier to take precautionary measures by scanning the source code for vulnerabilities – way before running the binary code. Simple techniques, such as visual inspection, have proven powerful in the past. Imagine having a tool to automate such techniques and execute them faster that runs parallel to software development. Well, you don’t have to imagine any longer!

Why HP Discover will matter to me

Willkommen in Deutschland! It is a bright day as I land at the Frankfurt airport, excited to attend HP Discover. I see bright displays with the HP logo, welcoming visitors to an innovative experience. As I come out to baggage claim, I see the familiar HP logo again, and my thoughts echo the current campaign slogan: Make it Matter. My first reaction is a burst of enthusiasm, followed by curiosity. And I begin to wonder why HP Discover will Make it Matter for me.

Enterprises have business continuity – why not life continuity for humans?

Recently, a close family member was hospitalized for a serious injury in an automobile accident. Doctors advised that they may have to put him on life support. It was an emotionally challenging moment where various what-if scenarios wreaked havoc in my mind akin to a tornado, a hurricane or a tsunami.

 

Now, imagine the hospital itself being subject to a similar natural disaster. Humans encountering such disasters valiantly fight to restore their basic faculties in the single environment where they are hosted -- their body. Hospitals, on the other hand, have a choice. If the data center where the hospital systems are maintained were to be struck by a disaster, there are alternative environments that hospitals can very quickly switch to ensuring that patients continue to survive and sustain their respective battles.

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