Post Cyber Week Q&A with WhiteHawk COO, Trevor Rudolph

by LeighAnne Baxter

WhiteHawk COO, Trevor Rudolph was a keynote speaker at this year’s Cyber Week CyberSecurity conference held in Tel Aviv, Israel. We sat down with Trevor before the conference for a Q&A on his expectations of the conference as well as the message he hoped to convey. That Q&A can be viewed here.

Trevor’s speech was on “Our Digital World: A Crisis of Quality – A Case Study on How a Mix of Incentives and Penalties Could be the Solution.” We caught up with Trevor following the conference to hear how it went.

What were the key takeaways from this year’s conference?

Trevor: 

The conference was very productive. I was very impressed with the wide range of topics and the experience of the various speakers and panelists. My primary observation is that we’re at an inflection point within the technology industry. We can continue to focus on point solutions that are essentially bolt on security products or we can focus on the underlying design issues that make our technology and organizations susceptible to cyber attacks.

In what way did the conference meet your expectations?

Trevor:

It’s always great to use these forums to explore new technologies and to expand your network. I particularly liked the sessions that were focused on real case studies and lessons learned from experience in the field. My favorite speech was the one delivered by Rick Echevarria on Intel Corporation’s approach to securing autonomous vehicles. Specifically, I enjoyed hearing Rick’s assessment of Intel Corporation’s use of artificial intelligence methods to make these cars more resilient. It sounds like we’re just years away from an autonomous vehicle being able to assess its own cyber health, diagnose its weaknesses, and then address those weaknesses autonomously and in real time. This work has important implications for the entire security industry.

What were the reactions to your speech?

Trevor: 

The reactions so far have been very positive. My speech was all about how market forces alone will not address our underlying CyberSecurity issues. In my opinion, we must explore market alternatives and incentives to drive better security design behavior – to address security from inception of technology products and not after they are in production.

What do you hope to see happen as a result of this conference?

Trevor: 

I hope to see even stronger collaboration between American and Israeli technology firms. The amount of innovation occurring in both countries has the opportunity to yield true leap forward results. I look forward to seeing what this conference has to offer for years to come.

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