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Connect With: David Nagrosst, Head of Sales APAC, Cyxtera

23 Jan 2018 | ConnecTechAsia

Get to know the CISSP-qualified IT security expert who will be speaking at ConnecTechAsia Summit 2018.

Hi there, David! Can you share with us a little bit more about your background?

DN: I am an International CISSP-Qualified IT Security Expert. My job is to worry about vulnerabilities surrounding valuable data, unauthorized exposure of sensitive personal information, and unwanted monitoring of private communications.

I have helped companies – from start-ups to MNCs –all over the world for about two decades now.  I’ve also worked with companies in Telecom, Financial Services, E-commerce, Education, Construction, Retail, Internet Advertising and Publishing, and Oil and Gas.

What excites you most about what you do?

DN: I enjoy consulting and advising my clients and business partners on matters of Cyber Security, Risk, and Compliance to help bring value to their business. You need to really understand their challenges and processes, which evolve or change sometimes.  I need to be on top of my game and know what the best solution is for my clients.

Favourite city in Asia for business, and why?

DN: Singapore! People are very welcoming in Singapore and they like to share ideas and information. People here are in general very open to just having a coffee and talking about potential projects that may or may not materialise, and I appreciate that openness.

You will be speaking at ConnecTechAsia Summit 2018. What do you think will be the most important takeaway from the key topics you’ll be addressing?

DN: IoT is uniquely changing how we interact with technology, our environment, and each other.  While there are numerous benefits to these changes, it is important that we remain vigilant in understanding the security risks and how we can mitigate those risks and balance the trust we’ve placed in this new technology.

In your opinion, why do you think businesses have been slow in adopting advanced cyber security practices?

DN: It’s largely due to costs and the underestimation of risks. In 2016, breaches cost businesses nearly $4 billion and exposed an average of 24,000 records per incident. The number of unmanaged devices being introduced onto networks daily is increasing by orders of magnitude, with Gartner predicting there will be 20 billion in use by 2020. Traditional security solutions will no longer be as effective in protecting these devices from hackers, which should be a red flag, as attacks on IoT devices were up 280% in the first part of 2017.

How do you think businesses can up their cybersecurity game?

DN: IoT is creating a significantly larger attack surface, and businesses can improve when they are informed properly on today’s threats and the importance of cybersecurity. It’s important to have intelligent systems that can learn what suspicious traffic activity looks like, and when to take proactive or defensive action.

Education and training on current cyber threats at an executive level can also help businesses properly budget for the necessary protection to defend itself against today’s threats.

Your current read?

DN: “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics laureate Daniel Kahneman, a best-selling book published in 2011.

This book explores one of my areas of interest – how human behaviour is affected differently by gains and losses. It directly applies to Cybersecurity investment.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

DN: Never let your ego get in the way, and be willing to step up or down to take on any role or task needed for the organization or client to be successful – even if it means doing something trivial at the time.

The value of a strong work ethic was instilled upon me since my childhood. That, coupled with my early entrepreneurial ventures, taught me the importance of taking on any role or challenge with vicious determination.

For more insights on cybersecurity, join David Nagrosst at ConnecTechAsia Summit 2018’s EmergingTech Track, where he will be moderating the discussion on how IoT can be weaponised for digital warfare. Marina Bay Sands, 26 June 2018. Delegates may register for the Summit here.

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