The Security Innovation Network (SINET) Workshop was held on October 26th and 27th at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The workshop was truly a place were security issues of today were being solved with innovative solutions of tomorrow.
The purpose of SINET was to bring innovative cyber-security companies together with government and corporate customers as well as venture capitalist for possible continued funding and product expansion.
The Keynote Speaker for the event was none other than Former Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, now the Co-founder and Managing Principal of the Chertoff Group, a Washington, D.C. based risk management and security consulting company.
Mr. Chertoff stated in his keynote address, “cyber-security concerns are growing in public and private perception and importance, but the issue still hasn’t gripped the public imagination as the dire threat that it is. It may take a huge 9/11-like electronic event to translate the abstract idea of an attack that occurs through an invisible network to concrete motivation to act in the physical world.” denoting the need for continued information security awareness and an increase to current information security priorities to better protect individuals and critical infrastructure.
Other events at SINET included panel discussions with topics such as “Call to Action: Entrepreneurs and Cyber Security, The Way Ahead” and “The Next Generation of Innovation: Building Global Collaborative Entrepreneurial Networks” which included experts from the public, private, venture capitalist and academic sectors. The panelist included participants such as Nadia Short of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Curt Carlson, CEO of SRI International and Vivek Wadhwa, Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley and Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke University.
The Chairman and Founder of SINET, Robert D. Rodriguez stated, “I believe the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) is missing approximately 50% to 70% of all early stage and emerging growth in the cyber security emerging company market.” Mr. Rodriguez’s goal with SINET is to aid in closing that gap. He further stated, “If we have one acquisition, one investment, purchase of a product or partnership to move the technology forward, to advance the security field, then we all win”. A sentiment shared by many who attended the event.
Among some of the innovated companies in attendance, SecurityOrb.com had the opportunity to speak with Trustifier Inc., Invincea, Inc. and FireEye, Inc. To view a full list of the other companies click here.
- Trustifier Inc. makers of a secure web based application called “ryu”, which stops attacks on your web servers in real-time.
- Invincea, Inc. makers of a virtual web browser that shields PC users against all types of Web-borne threats by seamlessly moving desktop Web browsers into a controlled virtual environment.
- FireEye, Inc. makers of a very advance malware detection appliance that has the ability to stop zero-day attacks and outbound callbacks while inoculating networks from future attacks.
SINET is what the security industry needs to help protect against current security issues and future ones as well.
About Robert D. Rodriguez
Mr. Rodriguez spent twenty-two years as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service and held numerous leadership roles within Executive Protection at the White House serving Presidents Ronald W. Reagan, George H. Bush, William J. Clinton, Vice President Dan Quayle and Head of States.
The Security Innovation Network™ (SINET) was created to increase collaboration between the United States public and private sectors with the mutual objective of accelerating innovation in security technology, practices and implementation. The SINET provides thought leadership and tools to create social and virtual links among persons and organizations involved with the technical, strategic, legal, economic, and policy aspects of IT security. In order for the United States to maintain an innovation advantage, creative and continuous collaboration is imperative between the people within public and private sectors, federal agencies, system integrators, innovators, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, academics and scientists. Our goal is to help these important groups within the US security community bridge knowledge and cultural gaps, forge ties and attain unity of purpose towards the advancement of IT security innovation.