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Podcast | Cybersecurity in the Pandemic: How Can We Protect Ourselves?

Supply Chain Brain | July 31, 2020

Far from slowing down cyber thieves, the coronavirus pandemic presents them with ever greater opportunities to hack into networks. You don’t have to be a cynic to expect cyber thieves to take advantage of a global health crisis. From their perspective, the time is ideal. In the confusion surrounding the lockdown, companies might indeed be letting down their guard. And employees working from home present a whole new range of possible network vulnerabilities.

On this episode, we learn about the heightened risk of cyber crime from an expert in the field: Ray Rothrock, executive chairman of RedSeal, a cyber terrain mapping company. He offers valuable advice on shoring up networks in this critical time, and explains what it means to operate in a “zero trust” environment.

COVID-19 + Cybersecurity: Parallels and Lessons from a Pandemic

Nuclear Threat Initiative |  June 17, 2020

The following is a conversation between Dr. Mike Lloyd, an epidemiologist-turned-Chief Technology Officer of RedSeal, and Ray Rothrock, member of the NTI Board of Directors and its Science and Technology Advisory Group, and author of “Digital Resilience: Is Your Company Ready for the Next Cyber Threat.”

Ray: Mike, you’re a rare guy: you have both a PhD in epidemic modeling, and a long career in cybersecurity. Now both of your careers are relevant. Does this pandemic have anything to teach cybersecurity and technology?

The new cybersecurity resilience

SC Magazine | May 1, 2020

Is your cybersecurity posture resilient enough to survive a pandemic? You’re about to find out.

The quick spread of COVID-19 has lent urgency to that mission and underscored the importance of building resilience. “Cyber, or digital resilience should be considered essential – like water, gas, and telephone/internet. Maintaining essential services that keep the lights on, keep people operating in their roles, and keep the digital world safe from attack is critical,” says RedSeal CEO Ray Rothrock, who penned the book Digital Resilience: Is Your Company Ready for the Next Cyber Threat?

To Recover and Rebuild, Look to Technology

As I write this, our society is amid an economic collapse and social closure the likes of which no one in our lifetime has ever seen. People everywhere are trying to create some kind of certainty so that they can plan their future, get back to their “day job” and feel safe while resuming a normal, active life. While the recovery process will be long and the challenges many, when we emerge on the other side it’ll be our uniquely American characteristics which help us triumph.

A recent op-ed in USA Today perfectly summarized the opportunity this pandemic presents: In recovering and rebuilding, every American should contribute and can do so by utilizing our most unique quality: ingenuity. While many characteristics define us as a nation, ingenuity is the engine which drives our success.

As each industry sector finds ways to contribute, the technology sector has its own unique role to play. Among the many advancements that have proved essential during this time, technology has allowed for productive work away from an office and schooling at a distance, automation has reduced in person interactions and supercomputing has helped model the spread of the disease. It is important that while we adopt new technologies and further embed others ever deeper into our daily lives, we consider how to secure those devices and the networks on which they function. As we apply techniques in the physical world to keep us healthy – handwashing, social distancing – we must also implement cyber hygiene principles to keep our networks healthy.

Implementing cyber hygiene means your organization is less likely to battle common cybersecurity issues. Utilizing a cyber terrain modeling tool like RedSeal as part of regular cyber hygiene practices means executives and business leaders can automatically view and monitor their network and identify potential problems before they manifest. This allows organizations to make better decisions about where to allocate budget and funding and to put greater focus on their primary goals.

Technology can both contribute to solutions and help guard against the challenges we face. Practicing good cyber hygiene keeps businesses healthy so executives and business leaders can focus on what really matters—producing original and inventive ways to improve our society and creating a future we all want to live in.

Ray Rothrock: The Fortune Teller

Spirit Magazine, Texas A&M Foundation | Spring 2020

Ray Rothrock ’77 uses his proven penchant for predicting the future to bolster resilience against cyberattacks and advocate for a nuclear solution to the planet’s energy crisis.

Podcast: US Election Interference Happening Right Now, Virus Plans and more from RedSeal

The Top | April 8, 2020

Ray Rothrock joins Nathan Latka on the latest episode of “The Top.” Prior to RedSeal he was a general partner at Venrock, one of RedSeal’s founding investors. At Venrock he invested in 53 companies including over a dozen in cybersecurity including Vontu, PGP, P-Cube, Imperva, Cloudflare, CTERA, and Shape Security. He is on the board of Check Point Software Technology, Ltd. an original Venrock investment, and Team8, both Tel Aviv–based companies.

Cyberspace Solarium Commission Highlights the Importance of Digital Resilience

Morning Consult | March 17, 2020

By Ray Rothrock, RedSeal CEO

On March 11, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission released its long-awaited report, which provides more than 80 policy recommendations for “defending the United States in cyberspace against cyberattacks of significant consequences.” While the report is over 180 pages, Senator Angus King (I-Maine) said the report can be summed up in four words — define, develop, defend and deter. I would simplify this further, as these four words can be condensed into one concept: digital resilience.

It’s Time to Act: Establish a Secretary of Cybersecurity (Contributed)

Government Technology | December 19, 2019

All levels of government, as well as the private sector, face growing dangers from cyberthreats. That’s why there needs to be a centralized approach to cyberpolicies before a crisis occurs.

Today, the United States is in a very similar place when it comes to cybersecurity: cyberthreats challenge our economy, our military, our national security and our infrastructure, and it’s time for the federal government to act definitively.

Forget Cybersecurity

Corporate Board Member| December 6, 2019

Cyber risk is a board-level issue because a breach can crush a company’s stock price, tarnish its reputation and scare off customers and partners. A study by the Ponemon Institute revealed that a company’s stock price drops an average of 5 percent immediately after a breach is exposed. The study further found that companies lose an average of $3.92 million in revenue and a significant portion of their customers after a breach.

It’s no longer a question of whether a company will experience an attack, but when. Security is about hunkering down, while resilience means being able to operate after a breach. Here’s what directors need to know.

Get to Know NTI: Ray Rothrock

Nuclear Threat Initiative – Atomic Pulse | December 2, 2019

Ray Rothrock is a member of NTI’s Board of Directors and its Science and Technology Advisory Group. He has three decades of business leadership—investing in, advising and leading many of the technology and cybersecurity companies that form the fabric of today’s networks. He is partner emeritus at Venrock, the VC arm of the Rockefeller family’s efforts, and the CEO and chairman of RedSeal, which provides critical cyber and business insights via its cyber risk modeling platform to more than 50 government agencies and hundreds of commercial enterprises.