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Insider Threats -- an Interview with the Former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency -- NSA

Insider Threats -- an Interview with the Former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency -- NSA


On this episode of the Imperva Security Podcast Bill Crowell, former Deputy Director of the NSA, is interviewed. He talks extensively about insider threats, shares some stories from the trenches, and discusses the nature of cybercrime. Bill also covers the importance of sensitive data protection -- especially around mission-critical applications and databases.

Bill Crowell quotes from this interview:
  • "On the Internet everyone is an insider."
  • "We haven't done nearly enough to protect applications and databases."
  • "The magnitude of loses around insider threats are underreported."
  • "Security is not just the perimeter; layered defenses must be inside of the network, on the applications and databases, if we really want to protect information."
  • "Cybercrime is a rewarding endeavor...attacks can be monetized and there are fewer consequences."
  • "Crime is only diminished when there is some reasonableness to the expectation of being caught."
Mr. Crowell is an independent consultant in the areas of information technology, security and intelligence systems and serves as Chairman of the Senior Advisory Group to the Director of National Intelligence. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cylink Corporation, a provider of network security solutions, from 1998 until its acquisition by SafeNet, Inc. in February 2003.

Prior to Cylink, Mr.Crowell worked at the National Security Agency, where he held a series of senior executive positions, including Deputy Director of Operations and Deputy Director of the NSA.

He also serves as a director of several private companies. Mr. Crowell has been quoted in many trade and business publications including the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, USA Today, Information Week, Network World, Computer World, Federal Computer Week, CIO Magazine and the San Jose Mercury News. Crowell has also appeared on CBS MarketWatch, CNET News, CNBC and KNTV's Silicon Valley Business.

Bill is the co-author of the book Physical and Logical Security Convergence.

Tags: Insider Threat, Bill Crowell, NSA, Cybercrime

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