Cybertech 2017 throws spotlight on “the threat inside our pockets”

12 February, 2017 by Paul Shlackman

As the world moves toward greater digitalization and more devices – from mobile handsets to Internet of Things (IoT) – are connected to individuals, enterprise and each other, organizations are more vulnerable than ever to cyberattacks from portable smart devices.

Addressing mobile and Bring Your Own App (BYOA) threats dominated discussions at Cybertech 2017 held in Tel Aviv on 31 January and 1February. They were also repeatedly referenced in keynote talks given by senior industry, defense and political figures in attendance.

Cybertech is the second biggest cybersecurity show in world after RSA in the USA. It attracts more than 10,000 visitors and is attended by delegations and dignitaries from all over the world.

Among the keynote speakers at the event were Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, Gil Schwed, founder & CEO of Check Point Software, Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco and Danny Gold, Head of Israel’s Defense R&D.

Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke about Israel as a meeting ground for ideas while Mr Gold said the government was working on a new cybersecurity plan to position Israel as world leader in cybersecurity technology development.

Opening the first plenary of CyberTech 2017 Gil Schwed said that more than 90% of organizations fail to protect themselves properly against cyber threats. He was also one of several speakers to single out the threat inside our pockets for special attention.

Cisco’s Chuck Robbins said we are undergoing the most significant and fastest technological change we will probably ever see in our lifetime and called for a single global security standard for technology design. He added that in two years the amount of data exchanged by connected devices will overtake data exchanged between people and will amount to 2.3 Zettabytes by 2020.

The theme of the show was reflected by NURO in demonstrating its world-leading messaging and collaboration platform for helping organizations proactively keep group chats between colleagues secure, private and controlled.

NURO helps organizations take proactive steps to eliminate the risks of instant messaging apps while at the same time retaining the productivity gains.

This is possible because NURO is extremely flexible to deploy and has multiple security layers. It is also the first messaging and collaboration platform to combine seamless integration with existing systems with full control over policy definitions and role-based permissions.

Having full ownership of all data exchanged allows organizations to take a proactive approach to assuring confidential information remains private. The exchanged data is also stored on premise in encrypted form so that it can be made available to authorized parties such as auditors for compliance purposes.

At the show NURO had a busy schedule of client meetings and received enquiries from some of the large integrators who were interested in solutions that could help some of their BYOD clients meet compliance standards such as HIPAA.

In summary, Cybertech 2017 showed the world is finally waking up to the threat to enterprise posed by mobile devices and BYOA. In many respects NURO is showing the rest of the industry the way forward by producing the first messaging and collaboration platform that gives IT professionals’ centralized control over group chat privacy, BYOA data leakage and compliance with standards.