Privacy is definitely driving the creation of innovate solutions right now. From an RSA Conference perspective, the Innovation Sandbox competition that we run in the US for innovative start-up companies had many innovative new solutions around privacy. Some of it was corporate privacy, some of it was personal privacy.
As an example, I am a bit hesitant to mention or promote any companies, but these folks were in the top 10 of Innovation Sandbox, a company called Wickr is a very interesting company. If you heard of Snapchat, one of those chat applications where messages self-destruct after a while, so they no longer exist in the system. Wickr is sort of a corporate version of that. three years ago this was only curiosity but given the recent discussions around government inspection of data flows I think you are going to see companies turn to more creative, more non-traditional mechanisms for data privacy particularly in Europe and particularly in Germany and France.
I think you will see a lot of discussions both formal and informal at RSA Conference Europe on the topics of data sovereignty and around privacy asking very important questions around supply chain in a different way. Particularly because this is a European Conference and Europe has one of the most strict privacy regulations in the world.
If someone interested in computer security that still hasn't chosen a path within the industry comes to you for guidance, what type of job would you recommend nowadays?
In the short-term: forensics. There is a massive lack of skills there, and a massive demand for people. In the longer term, I would say it's real security architecture. So the ability to go in and understand how a system is constructed from a big picture perspective. What happened was that we built systems that were based on threats of 10 years ago. There are going to be a lot of companies in the next 10 years that are going to have to completely redesign and rethink their big picture strategy around security and then there is going to be demand then for people who have the skills of infrastructure architecture combined with the skills of information security.
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