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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 the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

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).