That’s a wrap for Data Security Summit 2022!

Last month, we gathered some of the wisest forces from the frontlines of cybersecurity to discuss why data security is a crucial component—and often a missing one—of a well-rounded security strategy.  

Not only did we deliver on that objective, but we also covered everything from data security in your favorite sports teams (we’re looking at you, Atlanta Hawks and Denver Broncos fans!) to defending the nation’s data featuring insights from two CISAs. 

Consider this blog your highlight reel on some key facts we gathered along the way, and if you’re itching to review the event yourself, all 8 of our sessions are available on demand here.

Playing the Long Game 

Our experts shared valuable insights into how threat actors are functioning in their line of business today, and Shawn Bice, CVP of Cloud Security at Microsoft, said it best: “Cybersecurity isn't a problem you solve; it's a problem you manage.” 

He further described cybercrime as a game—one where players can be known or anonymous and the rules don’t have to be agreed upon. For threat actors, winning means staying in the “game” as long as possible—and that means exfiltrating data however they can. 

That’s why Shawn and Bipul Sinha, Rubrik CEO, stressed the importance of end-to-end data protection so heavily in their session, A Holistic Cybersecurity Approach: Why Cloud + Data Security Must Come Together

End-to-end protection “takes a village,” according to Bipul. He notes that together, Rubrik and Microsoft are enabling end-to-end data security by enabling prevention, detection, investigation, data resiliency, and data recovery in a single platform.

Collaborating Against Crime

Cybercrime is a threat that affects more than just individual organizations—it affects national security. That’s why we brought Eric Goldstein, Executive Assistant Director of CISA, and Chris Krebs, former Director of CISA, for Defending the Nation's Data: A Conversation on Securing the Future

One memorable moment came from Eric, who, on the topic of the CISA Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative, said: “A key part of [the collaborative] isn’t just moving to this model of persistent collaboration, but making sure that we are focusing that collaboration on the risks and scenarios of greatest consequence and likelihood to our country’s national security, economic security, and public health and safety.”

National defense is, in Chris Krebs’s words, a “team effort”—not something that falls on the shoulders of a single expert. We won’t spoil anything, but you’ll want to tune in to their entire session to learn more about the national threat landscape, CISA’s response, and how the public and private sectors are preparing as a result.

Eyes on the Court at All Times

From national defense to sports security, everyone is thinking about cybercrime. That includes Kim Rometo, SVP and CITO of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, who we brought along with Russ Trainor, SVP and CIO of the NFL’s Denver Broncos, in Why Defense Wins Games: Data Security in Sports and Entertainment

In their session, Kim made a great point about just how important being vigilant against threat actors is: “We can’t afford any downtime. We can’t afford to miss a game or have eyeballs not on the court. We have to think about everything that could affect the ability to play, from employees engaging with emails or visiting malicious websites. We have to think about what could potentially impact the ability to play.”

Downtime is a costly side effect of cybercrime—but that cost doesn’t just affect budgets. Make sure to check out Kim and Russ’s session to see what an attack truly does to your favorite sports teams. 

Forging a Path Ahead

Cybersecurity isn’t all doom and gloom—not by a long shot. One of the best highlights from Data Security Summit came from The Future of Cybersecurity is Data Security, which featured Rubrik CEO, Bipul Sinha, and former Symantec CEO and cybersecurity pioneer, John Thompson. 

As a powerhouse in the cybersecurity space, John is always thinking about the next best move—and one excellent step is going beyond data backups. According to John, “[At Rubrik], you were going to blend backup and recovery. Data management with security. Something I've long believed was an important step to get data and security management together. What Rubrik has done has truly been amazing.”

We’ve long known data backups are a crucial part of defending data, but the true picture of data security involves more. You’ll want to pay close attention to their session to absorb their insights about the future of cybersecurity and what your next best move can and should be. 

Final Words

We could highlight each and every moment of Data Security Summit, but we won’t give anything else away!

You can watch the entirety of the event on your own time using this link