Improving Cyberthreat Communication

Webroot's Duncan on Building a Common Framework

By Information Security Media Group, June 26, 2014.
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Improving Cyberthreat Communication
David Duncan

A common framework for communicating threats and alerts among security vendors' systems would bolster efforts to protect consumers' information, says David Duncan of Webroot.

"Communicating threats and alerts across disparate devices that are used in the security infrastructure to help build a better, consistent understanding of these new [threats] we're encountering that are behavioral based ... is very critical," he says. "But it's a little bit anathema to the vendors because then they all have to work together, and we have to have some standards-based approaches on how we communicate this information to each other."

In an interview recorded at the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, Duncan discusses:

  • How data breaches could build support for development and use of security technology standards;
  • Why smaller vendors are more willing to adopt standards than larger ones;
  • What role standards developed by National Institute of Standards and Technology could play.

At Webroot, Duncan is responsible for global marketing strategy and execution. He has 30 years of senior marketing and security experience. Previously, he was responsible for developing and leading the CyberSafe secure storage go-to-market product strategy for Imation Corp., having joined Imation after its acquisition of EncryptX, where he was president and managing director for 10 years. Duncan also served on McAfee's embedded solutions advisory committee.

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