When it comes to cybersecurity and emerging technologies, the IT world appears to be haunted by quite a few myths. This is to be expected, really. Technologies change so quickly. It is often useful to use “enabling narratives” to keep moving forward and contextualize the constant change. But, sometimes, these narratives get in the way of progress, especially if they remain unexamined, and if everyone is using conflicting approaches. As a result, these enabling narratives can quickly become clichés, and the equivalent of “deep fakes” and even “fake news.”

Let’s deconstruct some of those myths, based on experiences from working professionals and managers in the field. According to Chris Hodson and Gary Fildes, it’s high time to “talk some smack” about the typical clichés concerning operational technologies (OT), the cloud, AI/machine learning, and additional emerging technologies such as blockchain as they pertain to cybersecurity. Is it true that automation and AI are more likely to cure cancer than stop ransomware or replace the help desk worker? Is the “layered security” model really as silly an idea as some say? Exactly how does a cybersecurity professional clean up after messes created “upstream?” What is the real use of blockchain? What is “technical debt,” and how can cybersecurity pros pay it off in the best way? And, is it really true that we’ve only just begun to implement the cloud? Join us for a structured conversation about these topics, and get ready to participate in a lively discussion.


- Gary Fildes, Cybersecurity and Information Security Principal Inspector, Office for Nuclear Regulation

- Chris Hodson, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) EMEA, Tanium


- Dr. James Stanger, Chief Technology Evangelist, CompTIA