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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.

When looking at the new threats out there, what's one of the more vexing threats that you see? Perhaps one that’s relatively unknown to many, one that’s kind of scary because you don't know much about it?

I think that we need to be conscious that the real very painful attacks that may happen are the zero day attacks, the ones related to vulnerabilities that are not yet well known, where there is not an easy solution, or patch to be applied. What businesses need to focus on is prevention and development of cybersecurity solutions that are AI driven. We can bet on deep learning machine learning algorithms with detection and response capabilities in order to identify known and also unknown cyber threats.

Security is not about protecting the digital business from what is well known. Even more, it‘s about protecting from what is coming next.

Is there one area of your security business that you want to focus on in terms of expanding, maybe through acquisitions?

I think that there are many big (technology) things coming, from 5G to the metaverse, where Accenture overall is investing a lot. We really want to protect these kinds of new virtual environments, like the metaverse, from cyber-attack and other potential threats. So for us, no matter what is the new technology that is enabling our client business, we want to (protect it).

 
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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