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Tom Kellermann: 'This Is a True Strategy'

Veteran Cyber Adviser Explains Why He's Enthusiastic About New US National Strategy
Tom Kellermann, senior vice president, cyber strategy, Contrast Security

Tom Kellermann has never tempered his criticism of U.S. cybersecurity policies. But he is openly enthusiastic about the national cybersecurity strategy unveiled March 2. "I was blown away," Kellermann says about the Biden administration's new five-pillar policy. "Seriously, this is a true strategy."

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"We're finally taking the gloves off," Kellermann says about the strategy, which promises to focus on and disrupt threat actors targeting U.S. critical infrastructure. The strategy names two primary nation-state adversaries that have long targeted U.S. interests - China and Russia, which Kellerman applauds, and he welcomes the new level of accountability being put onto the software industry to ensure a more secure software supply chain.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Kellermann discusses:

  • Why he is most encouraged by this new strategy;
  • The one remaining policy gap that concerns him;
  • What it means to declare ransomware a national security problem.

Kellermann, who leads cyber strategy at Contrast Security, previously served as head of cybersecurity strategy at VMware and was the CEO of Strategic Cyber Ventures. He served on the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th president of the United States and was an adviser to the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance. When he served as chief cybersecurity officer for Trend Micro, he was responsible for analysis of emerging cybersecurity threats and relevant defensive technologies.

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Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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