Device Identification , Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development

The Machine Identity Crisis

Venafi CEO Jeff Hudson Warns of the Security Challenge of Machine-to-Machine Communication
The Machine Identity Crisis
Jeff Hudson, CEO, Venafi

We are amidst a new "machine identity crisis," says Jeff Hudson, CEO of Venafi. And unless we tackle this growing challenge of how to secure machine-to-machine communication, then enterprise IT and security departments are likely to be overwhelmed.

The core issue is that computer devices and applications are growing faster than the Earth's human population, Hudson says. And the challenge of automated communication among these devices is complicated by four factors: mobility, IoT, the cloud, as well as DevOps and fast IT adoption.

"As an industry, we spend $8 billion a year protecting user names and passwords - human IDs," Hudson says in an inteview with Information Security Media Group. "But we're just starting to even realize that we need to protect machine IDs in the same way. That's the crisis."

In the interview (see audio link below photo), Hudson discusses:

  • Why the crisis is overlooked;
  • How the problem will continue to grow;
  • How to assess and mitigate your own enterprise's susceptibility to machine identity compromise.

Hudson is the CEO of Venafi, a cybersecurity company. He has more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in information technology and security management. He has spent a significant portion of his career developing and delivering technology solutions for companies in financial services and other sectors and government agencies. Prior to joining Venafi, Hudson was the CEO of Vhayu Technologies Corp., which was acquired by Thompson Reuters.

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