Saber-Rattling and Cybersecurity: The ConnectionTom Kellermann of Strategic Cyber Ventures on the Impact of Nation-State Tensions
So far this year, we've seen heightened tensions between the U.S. and adversaries in Russia, North Korea and Iran. How do these tensions manifest on the cyber stage? Tom Kellermann of Strategic Cyber Ventures talks about the cyberwar risks brewing below the surface.
"I'm very concerned that American cyberspace is about to turn into a free fire zone with a multiplicity of actors," says Kellermann, CEO of the cybersecurity venture capital firm. "This is in large part due to geo-political tensions with North Korea, Iran and Russia that are being exacerbated by rhetoric from the [Trump] administration, coupled with these groups like Shadow Brokers releasing some of the best munitions from the armories of the CIA and NSA to the dark web to be widely utilized against American corporations and individuals."
In an interview about the heightened threat landscape, Kellermann discusses:
- How the Trump Administration has influenced nation-state threat activity;
- How threat actors are attacking the U.S. on multiple levels;
- Emerging technologies and new policies that may help organizations improve their cybersecurity leadership and posture.
Kellermann is a cyber intelligence expert, author and professor. He has worked in the highest levels of cybersecurity, having held a seat on the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th President of the United States and served as an adviser to the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance. Before joining Strategic Cyber Ventures, he was chief cybersecurity officer at Trend Micro Inc., where he was responsible for analysis of emerging cybersecurity threats and relevant defensive technologies. Prior to Trend Micro, he served as vice president of Security for Core Security. He began his career as senior data risk management specialist for the World Bank's treasury security team, where he was responsible for cyber intelligence and security policy as he advised central banks around the world about their risk posture.