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WWT’s CEO On Jeff Bezos, Cisco’s Future And SolarWinds Hack

Mark Haranas

‘As large as Amazon is on both the cloud side and I’ll call it the retail side of what they do, to bring in their technologist to lead the company, that’s something that they are leaning toward: technologists to drive the future of that business along with Bezos still being intimately involved in where they’re going,’ says WWT CEO Jim Kavanaugh.

What big lesson should be learned from the massive SolarWinds hack?

There’s a mindset that everybody needs to understand: It’s not if you get hacked, it’s when you get hacked. It’s becoming very pervasive at this point. You have to come together to figure out how do you put the safest environment and the most secure environment in place that is possible. But you also have to keep in mind that you need to keep an agile and nimble organization. Because if you lock down everything to such a degree, you may actually put yourself out of business. It’s an absolute challenge to balance those things: speed, flexibility, agility and driving digital acceleration.

In the spirit of the Internet of Things and all these devices being enabled, those are just additional endpoints that can be breached. So everything is becoming automated—from your lights and your doorbell to video to driverless cars. All of those things also need to be secured. Unfortunately, I would love to say there’s a silver bullet to go do that, but I don’t believe there is.

 

 
Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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