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Four Disruptive ‘Cyber Trends’ At RSA

As an industry analyst and Forbes contributor who writes about digital transformation, I am always looking for stories of disruption. Attending last week’s massive RSA cybersecurity conference gave me the opportunity to speak with a few dozen of the most disruptive vendors among the thousands at the event.

Based upon these conversations, I uncovered four broad trends that represent deeply transformational aspects of the burgeoning enterprise cybersecurity marketplace. As with most disruptions, however, these four are but part of the story.

Disruption #1: Targeting the Links in the Cyber Kill Chain

Perhaps the broadest disruption: vendors are improving their ability to understand how bad actors behave, and can thus take steps to prevent, detect, or mitigate their malicious activities. In particular, today’s vendors understand the ‘Cyber Kill Chain’ – the steps a skilled, patient hacker (known in the biz as an advanced persistent threat, or APT) will take to achieve his or her nefarious goals.

The product of US Defense contractor Lockheed Martin, The Cyber Kill Chain contains seven links: reconnaissance, weaponization, delivery, exploitation, installation, establishing command and control, and actions on objectives.

Today’s more innovative vendors target one or more of these links, with the goal of preventing, discovering, or mitigating the attack. Five vendors at RSA stood out in this category.

Read the entire article at http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2017/02/20/four-disruptive-cyber-trends-at-rsa/.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Cyber Kill Chain is a registered trademark of Lockheed Martin. Image credit: Blue Coat Photos.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.