Daniel E. Turissini, CTO/CISO at SolPass LLC, participated in a cybersecurity panel this week at an IBM-hosted conference in the Netherlands during which he challenged the inevitability of continued cybercrime, urging security professionals to seek new, systems-based approaches to eliminate human weakness from the security chain.
Business and government leaders who are being told that there’s no preventive strategy to stop cyberattacks and fraud are being subjected to fundamentally flawed thinking, according to Turissini, a panelist at a defense conference in The Hague hosted by IBM and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).
“Many voices in the cybersecurity industry would have you believe an inevitability premise of fear – that our only strategy is to wait for the next hack,” said Turissini, an innovator in cyber systems engineering and integration and a member of the board of directors of the AFCEA Educational Foundation and the AFCEA Homeland Security Committee.
“CEOs and security professionals need to take a new, systems-based approach that eliminates human weakness in the security chain – especially the obsolete concept of user names and passwords – and empowers individuals to protect themselves,” Turissini said.
“We have the technology to slam the door on future cyberterrorism by locking down access to systems without causing undue complication for users or slowing down processing speeds,” Turissini told the assembled defense experts. “Through a next-generation system of identity verification and assured rights management, we can create an identity ecosystem that protects and encrypts from user to server to cloud.”
“At SolPass, we focus our innovation on the prevention of the next hack, fraudulent activity and truly maintaining the privacy of every individual in the ecosystem,” he said.
Turissini challenged the cybersecurity community to integrate “The Power of Simple” into their solutions by enforcing strong cyber policy and best practices without complicating the user experience.
He said SolPass refuses to accept excuses that cybersecurity is out of reach because hackers and thieves are too smart and persistent. During the questions and answers session, Turissini suggested we need to reverse the economic balance of the threat and use innovative technology to shift the revenue potential away from exploitation and make cybersecurity a revenue generator for all stakeholders.