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Accenture Security Chief On The Russian Threat, Ransomware And The Classic Mistake That Solution Providers Make

Jay Fitzgerald

‘Security is not just about protecting the digital business from what is well known. Even more, it‘s about protecting from what is coming next,’ says Paolo Dal Cin of Accenture.

Are you concerned that the Russian-Ukrainian war could have a spillover effect, in terms of cyberwarfare spilling into Europe and North America?

Considering that cyberspace has no boundaries, I think that it’s a matter of time probably. I consider the Russian threat as very capable. And I think that our clients should not underestimate their ability to be very dangerous in this kind of operation. Based on our two decades of a unique experience in threat intelligence, I think that these are something that we need to be prepared to counter. We need to stay vigilant, and we cannot just wait. So my advice to our clients is always be ready. And be ready means do the basics — patching, etc. But it’s also about running and testing and incident response planning. It‘s about doing cyber-attack simulation. It’s about doing proactive threat hunting.

 What keeps you up at night, in terms of thinking about security?

I think that we need to keep up the pace. Attackers are very fast and I think that they are investing a lot. Some of them are financially funded. And I think that we need to keep up the pace. So in my mind, there are two things (to do). One, innovate. We have continued to invest millions in order to be market relevant every day against the threat actor, supporting the client and becoming more relevant for our client’s agenda from one side.

At the same time, we are a people-based company and so in my mind at the core of my agenda, there is also (the issue of) talent. In a world where there is a huge war for talent, everyone wants to have a more and more cybersecurity professionals. We deeply believe that it is very important for us to attract the best talent, to train them, to progress them to the next stage.

 
Jay Fitzgerald

Jay Fitzgerald is a senior editor covering cybersecurity for CRN. Jay previously freelanced for the Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, Boston magazine, Banker & Tradesman, MassterList.com, Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge, the National Bureau of Economic Research and other entities. He can be reached at jfitzgerald@thechannelcompany.com.

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