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Why the Cybersecurity Industry Needs to Be Agile

RSA Program Committee Chairman Hugh Thompson on 2023 Top Security Trends
Hugh Thompson, program committee chairman, RSA Conference

The cybersecurity industry needs to be increasingly agile, said Hugh Thompson, program committee chairman of RSA Conference and managing partner at Crosspoint Capital Partners. Attackers are constantly changing tactics. Security leaders also need to change and keep up with the technologies accessible to a large group of people, he advised.

Generative AI language models and their potential to revolutionize the industry as well as their unintended consequences are on practitioners' minds in 2023. Thompson also highlighted the growing focus on software supply change security and government oversight.

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"We're seeing a very dynamic environment. Think about ChatGPT and the impact it's had, but also its ability to write a compelling-looking phishing email. We're also seeing changes in regulation and legislation," he said. "It's not just the U.S. All over the world, new legislation is either in the hopper or about to get enacted around a variety of topics that touch security. And I think that's a big open question to people," he said.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2023, Thompson also discusses:

  • The hottest cybersecurity topics in 2023;
  • Solidarity and community in the cybersecurity industry, as demonstrated by RSA 2023;
  • The evolution of security regulations.

Thompson is one of the world's leading experts on cybersecurity and privacy. Before joining Crosspoint Capital Partners, he was chief technology officer at Symantec. Prior to joining Symantec, he was chief technology officer and chief marketing officer at Blue Coat Systems Inc., which was acquired by Symantec in 2016.


About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.




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