Keynote Roundup: Rik Ferguson

Infosecurity Europe

Keynote Roundup: Rik Ferguson, Vice President Security Research, Trend Micro

Missed Rik Ferguson’s keynote on Fostering Better Engagement Between Business & Law Enforcement to Effectively Respond to Cybercrime? Not to worry, here’s an overview of all the key points.



What was covered in your Infosecurity Europe keynote?

  • A look at fostering better engagement and more cooperation between the private sector and law enforcement.
  • A two-fold discussion; the private sector being the people at risk of being breached, how do they engage better with law enforcement. Then security vendors, how do they share and assist law enforcement more effectively.

Why is that such an important issue for the industry at the moment?

  • Law enforcement are taking great strides forward in terms of sharing and soliciting information more effectively, building international cooperative structures between other law enforcement agencies and umbrella organisations like Interpol and Europol and the private sector.
  • This is a critical time because we are now formalising and building these information sharing structures and looking at how to get this information out to the private sector to help them better defend themselves.

What were the key points the audience took away from your session?

  • Law enforcement are absolutely ready and willing to engage with the private sector before anything bad has happened.
  • There is a perception that law enforcement is too busy, we shouldn’t bother them, I am just looking for advice. That is not the case, they are ready to give advice on what to do in the event of a breach so you can be better prepared.
  • Equally, private sector organisations don’t always expect you to come to them to buy something.
  • Trend Micro for example has a whole non-commercial side of the business where you can come and have a chat with us for advice on how to build better security architecture, better manage that and how to build corporate structures to better deal with a breach.
  • Not everyone has a commercial agenda, there are people out there who can help and are willing to listen.

How do you think this issue will develop over the next 12 months?

  • We will see continued investment in virtual teaming, particularly between the security industry and law enforcement.
  • Trend Micro was the first to set-up a virtual team with NCCU, to have a resource dedicated to working with law enforcement, using our intelligence and expertise with their intelligence and expertise to pursue more prosecutions against individuals involved in cyber crime.
  • That model will be expanded and hopefully we will see more criminals being charged rather than infrastructure being taken down, as that just allows the criminals to come back.

Like what you’ve heard so far? You can listen to Rik’s full keynote or download the podcast from Itunes below.



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