Top Cyber Risks: Alan Paller, SANS Institute

By , September 15, 2009.
Top Cyber Risks: Alan Paller, SANS Institute
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Organizations are doing a good job protecting their operating systems, but they're leaving their critical applications vulnerable to dangerous cyber threats.

This is the key takeaway - and to some extent the surprise - of the new Top Cybersecurity Risks report released on Sept. 15 by TippingPoint, Qualys, the Internet Storm Center and SANS Institute.

In an exclusive interview about the report, Alan Paller, Director of Research at SANS, discusses:

The key messages to organizations about cyber risks;
Trends to watch in the coming months;
What organizations can do now to minimize their vulnerability.

Paller founded SANS in 1989 to provide graduate-level education to cybersecurity professionals. In the intervening years, more than 80,000 people have learned their technical security skills - from forensics to penetration testing to intrusion detection, in SANS courses.

Today he focuses on identifying the tipping points that can turn the tide against the growing wave of cyber crime and cyber espionage. He has testified several times before the US House and Senate, and the President named him to the National Infrastructure Assurance Council. His degrees are from Cornell and MIT.

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