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Convergence: Physical & Cyber Security Unite

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Is cybersecurity only digital?

In this What That Means video, Camille talks with the co-authors of Critical Convergence—Antoinette King, founder of Credo Cyber Consulting, and Kasia Hanson, Global Director of Physical and Cybersecurity Ecosystem and Partnerships at Intel. They get into how to bridge the gap between physical and cyber security, how to protect critical infrastructure with stronger physical cybersecurity, and ways everyone can improve their cybersecurity practices.

Bridging the Gap Between Physical and Cyber Security

Historically, physical and cyber security have operated as separate entities. However, the growing number of cyberattacks launched by exploiting physical security vulnerabilities has increased the need to bring both sides together. Antoinette and Kasia highlight how there are tens of billions of devices at the edge that aren’t up to par with modern security standards. This is because people have grown used to analog security solutions, and they aren’t used to integrating them with cybersecurity systems. The way to bridge this gap involves upskilling and educating implementers and manufacturers about considering physical and cyber security from product design through implementation.

Protecting Critical Infrastructure with Physical Cybersecurity

Critical infrastructure is especially vulnerable to cyberattacks through compromises to physical security. This is especially true for supply chains, which Antoinette believes are currently the Achilles’ heel of national security. Zero trust policies should be extended to endpoint devices, and third-party assessments can also help improve security to critical infrastructure and supply chains. Kasia notes how AI is also now playing a big role in physical and cyber security.

How Anyone Can Improve Their Cybersecurity Practices

Big companies are leading the way with physical cybersecurity thanks to positions like CSOs and CISOs. Small to medium businesses, however, are still quite behind in their practices. This is largely due to a lack of awareness and education on the need for physical cybersecurity, or even cybersecurity in the first place. Antoinette shares how this inspired her to create Credo Cyber Consulting, which works to upskill integrators and all who support security networks. Some ways individuals and businesses alike can improve their cybersecurity practices include searching for online tools from the government, as well as learning how to choose the technology that best upholds the regulations for your particular industry.

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Antoinette King, Founder of Credo Cyber Consulting and author of The Digital Citizen’s Guide to Cybersecurity and Critical Convergence

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Antoinette King is the accomplished founder of Credo Cyber Consulting and currently serves as the Director of Regional Sales East and Head of Cyber Convergence at i-PRO Americas Inc. She has amassed more than twenty years of expertise in the field of security and cybersecurity. Antoinette is a distinguished professional, carrying certifications as a Board-Certified Physical Security Professional (PSP) and Data Privacy Protection Specialist (DPPS). In addition, her 2020 publication, The Digital Citizen’s Guide to Cybersecurity, climbed its way to become an Amazon bestseller. She also contributed to the e-book Critical Convergence as a co-author. Antoinette’s educational achievements include a Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity Policy and Risk Assessment, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy from Utica University, from which she graduated with the highest honors, summa cum laude.

Kasia Hanson, Global Director of Physical and Cybersecurity Ecosystem and Partnerships at Intel and co-author of Critical Convergence

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Kasia Hanson has dedicated over two decades to Intel, embarking on her journey as an OEM Sales and Marketing Manager and now leading in her current role as Global Director of Physical and Cybersecurity Ecosystem Partnerships. Kasia has carved out a successful career in security sales by meticulously analyzing market trends, identifying opportunities, and leveraging innovation to foster successful sales and partner relationships. Her educational credentials include a certificate in Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age, Cybersecurity Assessment, and Mitigation Response from Harvard University. Currently, she is an (ISC)² Candidate. Kasia also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and Technology from the University of Phoenix.

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