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MAY 2016

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May 2016 / Security Dealer & Integrator 23 participant in fghting the cyber threat. It is ironic that this occurred while Apple and the FBI were battling it out in court over the right to access encrypted information on iPhones. While my own feeling is that the bad guys will simply fnd other devices for encrypted storage and commu- nication should the iPhone's security features be lessened (while those of us who continue to own these devices will sufer the consequences), it was pretty clear there are difering views within the government and by ex-government ofcials on this matter. Shane Harris, in his compel- ling book, @War, describes actions by the NSA which selectively share and withhold information from the private sector. Tese may either warn and help mitigate certain threats, or may keep an enterprise at risk for the sake of preserving tools and secrecy for broader national security. Cyber security needs higher cor- porate priority. According to recent Gartner statistics shared at RSA, security was only the seventh-ranked priority of corporate CIOs, behind areas such as business analytics and digital marketing. It is likely that many of these CIOs are not aware that their networks may have been compromised or, perhaps, are relying on cyber insurance policies to keep them feeling protected. As you may have guessed, I did not leave this event with warm and fuzzy feelings. I am astounded at the technical capabilities of those who are seeking to steal money and corporate secrets or whose objective is to reap havoc. Tose of us who specialize in electronic and physical security need to work to lessen the disconnect between our world and the cyber community. I believe that adopting and implementing cyber standards for security products is a good place to start. Additionally, getting involved When network dependability is critical, the transmission products you choose today affect how your network performs tomorrow . ComNet is the Solution to Your Communication Challenge GUARANTEED PERFORMANCE TODAY - AND TOMORROW ComNet – Communication Solutions for the Long Term • Only ComNet Offers a Complete Fiber Optic, Copper, and Wireless Communication Solution • ComNet Products are • Exclusive • Experienced ComNet Customer Care Specialists Who Understand Your Application are Here to Support Your Every Need Contact the ComNet Design Center for Free Assistance in Choosing the Correct Fiber Optic, Copper or Wireless Connectivity Solution Call 1 888 678-9427 or 1 203 796-5300, or Email Tel: 1 203 796-5300 Toll-Free: 1 888 678-9427 Request information: with your customers on good cyber hygiene, incorporating cyber require- ments into project specifcations, and further educating ourselves and our customers on cyber matters are important actions to take. It is time to erase this disconnect, because we have a common denomi- nator — it is called "security." ■ » Ray Coulombe is Founder and Managing Director of SecuritySpecifers. com and Reach him at, through LinkedIn at www.linkedin. com/in/raycoulombe, or on Twitter, @RayCoulombe.

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