IT Security

CSSLP Spotlight: John Kent

Name: John Kent Title: Manager IT, DevSecOps Employer: FedEx Location: Irving, Texas Education: BAAS Computer Science, MS Cybersecurity Years in IT: 37 Years in cybersecurity and/or privacy: 13 Cybersecurity certifications: CSSLP, CEH, CHFI How did you decide upon a career in security software development? My passion for software development began in 1981 and launched my career in 1987. It wasn’t until my first exposure to pen test results in 2005 that I understood software design, development, test and operations from a much wider perspective. There was so much more to programming than creating working software — it had to be…

Heavy Industrial Companies Grapple with Cybersecurity Problems

Companies in heavy industrial industries such as mining, oil and gas, electricity and chemicals have become a major target for cybercrime. But securing these companies is complicated as they must not only protect their IT infrastructure but also their OT (operational technology) assets. Cybersecurity solutions and tools that work in IT environments do not transfer well to the OT side, potentially harming industrial devices. “Even merely scanning these devices for vulnerabilities has led to major process disruptions,” according to a recent McKinsey article. But even though the same tools aren’t effective for both environments, links between OT and IT are…

CISSP Spotlight: Renju Damodaran

Name: Renju Damodaran Title: Senior Manager, Cyber Risk Services Employer: Wipro Limited Location: Boston, MA Education: BS, Information Systems from BITS, Pilani. Years in IT: 20 Years in cybersecurity: 16 Cybersecurity certifications: CISSP, CISA, SABSA SCF How did you decide upon a career in cybersecurity? Back in the day (early 2000s), I was involved in setting up IT infrastructure for a startup company. I started interacting with information security professionals from external consulting firms and developed an interest in security as a profession. I learned BS7799 framework and landed an information security officer role in ING Vysya Bank (now known…