Cyber Security at the Forefront of American Politics
September 30, 2016
Cyber Security at the Forefront of American Politics
Guest Blog: Brian Gonzalez Hernandez, SAP
Monday September 28th, 2016 was the first American Presidential Debate of 2016 first American Presidential Debate of 2016 in the United States. Both candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had a lot to say about their platforms, their plans and each other. One key topic that was brought up during the debate was cyber-security.
The exchange on Cyber Security started during a segment called “Securing America.” Lester Holt, the moderator stated “we want to start with a 21st century war happening every day in this country. Our institutions are under cyber-attack, and our secrets are being stolen. So my question is, who’s behind it? And how do we fight it?”
Secretary Clinton stated in her comments that “cyber warfare will be one of the biggest challenges facing the next president .” She continued to explain that “there are the independent hacking groups that do it mostly for commercial reasons to try to steal information that they can use to make money. But increasingly, we are seeing cyber-attacks coming from states, organs of states” and “We are not going to sit idly by and permit state actors to go after our information, our private-sector information or our public-sector information.”
Mr. Trump also concurred on many of the points Secretary Clinton made on Cyber Security. He stated that the United States has “to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare” emphasizing it as “a huge problem.” Their agreement and cyber security’s position as a topic in the first American Presidential Debate leave us no question that cyber security is at the forefront of American Politics.
One statement by Secretary Clinton however brought companies such as SAP, IBM and Microsoft into the fold. She said “I think we need to do much more with our tech companies.”
The Role of Tech Companies
Tech companies worldwide are working hard to help stakeholders by developing the tools to protect information in the face of the current cyber-warfare environment. The challenge is twofold as tech companies are racing at an accelerated pace towards developing the most advanced and fastest paths towards the digital future. Global companies are working extra diligently to adapt as the world changes and faces the massive challenge of maintaining Cyber Protection.
Brian Burke, Global SAP Solutions Executive of the IBM SAP Alliance stated that the amount of data and complexity of queries has become a business stumbling block,” He affirms that “from the customers’ perspective, it really is the perfect storm.” The challenge is then coupled with the feat of protecting the massive amount of data that is amassed through the Internet of Things (IoT) and digitization of the marketplace.
The digital era poses many complications and yet we can all agree that digital is pushing all of us forward into an exciting and innovative age of advancement and growth.
Tech companies understand that they must constantly develop and adapt to provide their customers with the protection necessary to operate through what Lester Holt so appropriately termed a “21st century war.”
A Resolute Effort
Tech companies are working together forging partnerships that work and improving the chances of developing the technology that will keep us steps ahead of cyber aggressors.
SAP’s mission to help enterprises run better drives them to seek out partnerships and development opportunities across the board. Take for example:
The IBM SAP Alliance which provides integrated services and support giving users one point of contact to resolve issues with software. The IBM Power Systems paired with SAP HANA solution that they have integrated and developed provides proven performance, built-in resiliency, and the flexibility to accommodate for shifts in business strategy. With integrated services and support, IBM SAP alliance customers receive the powerful peace of mind that their business is protected by the long standing name and tradition of innovation and protection of both enterprises. This partnership within both firms ensures that both SAP and IBM are providing the best choice possible for accelerating the digital journey required of companies seeking to achieve long-term business success in today’s digital era.
SAP and Microsoft also maintain a partnership that helps organizations use the cloud to drive innovation, agility and enable new ways to work. This alliance enables businesses to analyze vast quantities of data, creating systems of intelligence that can be used to dramatically improve customer engagement, employee productivity, business operations and product development giving end-users unmatched visualization, convenience and agility by aligning and integrating solutions that work and are backed by these tech giants.
SAP partnered with Pathlock Technologies to help enterprises govern cyber risk, manage regulatory changes, and quantify the financial impact of risk with a true enterprise solution. Pathlock solutions are best of breed and together with the support of SAP, SAP clients can receive enterprise visibility of risk exposure and regulatory compliance from a single platform giving them a unique visibility that enables users to protect their data at a higher degree.
These are just examples of some of SAP’s efforts to work alongside the other tech companies and do more to protect us, the consumer.
Together We Do More!
The demand for data is equally met with the demand for visualization. While we don’t want prying eyes to access our data, we do want the ability to watch over our data management with hawk like precision. This is only possible when we get together to do more. To develop, expand and grow. To feed and nourish innovative ideas on digital data.
One thing that is happening as a natural development of the digital era is the bringing together of tech companies through their efforts on a common theme, Data and the Governance Risk & Compliance (GRC) surrounding that Data.
As Secretary Clinton stated, we do need to do more with our tech companies to protect our data. Canada, a leader in its own right, has set up their own initiative on this subject: Get Cybersafe.
SAP for one is doing its part, working around the clock to innovate, develop and partner up to meet the needs of you, the customer. – Brian Gonzalez Hernandez
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