McAfee MPOWER 2018 Asia: It’s Time to Make Your Mark

The Asia leg of this year’s McAfee MPOWER roadshow is taking place today at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney. Cybersecurity professionals, from consultants to CISOs, have descended on the event to understand how McAfee is seeing the threatscape continue to get more complex and what they are doing to help companies mitigate and remediate.

The keynote started with a reminder to “Make Your Mark”

In the morning keynote session, a series of McAfee executives outlined high-level strategies which centred on converged solutions to deal with a converged threat – protecting environments you don’t control (cloud and SaaS) and using data and information in the continued fight. The recently released McAfee Cloud Adoption Risk Report is available for download here.

Convergence – The threat extends outside your borders  The MVISION Strategy

The message was one of an ecosystem working together to detect, prevent and remediate. McAfee used the event to show the strength of the local security ecosystem. Government speakers, like the Australian National Security Advisor, Alastair MacGibbon, and CISO at the Australian Department of Human Services, Narelle Devine, were on hand to share their views, in addition to the private sector speakers.
One message came through clearly; coordination between security vendors, government organisations and the corporate world is becoming increasingly important in the fight against the various threat actors that we all now face.
That collaboration even between commercial companies was also on display, with companies including CyberArk and Infoblox supporting and exhibiting at the event, demonstrating that the breadth of threat extends across many areas which are served by domain experts.

The ecosystem on good display with prizes on offer from supporting sponsors

A slide from Narelle Devine stressing the importance in continuing to invest in people

The other important theme is the focus on how critical people are in cybersecurity. Line of business executives need to be educated in a language they can understand, staff need to be reminded to be vigilant against cyber threats, how the security team needs to utilise and work with AI and machine learning, even down to security teams having non-technical people that are looking at “why” the organisation would be targeted. The assembled agreed, technology without skilled personnel is a recipe for disaster.

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