#44CON: In a Time of Genuine Threats, Talk Sensibly & Act Efficiently

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Let’s change the way we talk about security, as global news and incidents are creating new threats. Speaking at 44CON exploring how “Bad analogies make bad realities,” Charl Van Der Walt, strategic director at Sensepost, said that “while we were talking about hacking sex toys, Russian hackers changed the world quite substantially” and began “a new era in on our industry.” He said that this changed the cybersecurity industry significantly, and as attackers upped their game “our world is different to what we knew before, a threat is emerging that has potential to change the world.” He told the audience that as the world is “going to change in significant ways, then you’re a part of that battle and at the front of a war that shapes our world in a substantial way,” and we can shape it in the decisions we make, and it is “up to us to determine how to change.” Using a series of analogies including the 2008 financial crisis and the Doomsday clock, van der Walt argued that it was time to develop the “why” of security and “why it matters” if it is done right, and how we need to explain why security is important in a way others can understand.

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