Editorial: Expect the unexpected

Opinion by Paul Fisher

Events have been occurring at a somewhat rapid pace just recently.

Events have been occurring at a somewhat rapid pace just recently.

When SC went to meet Blue Coat CEO Brian NeSmith in California we spoke of potential economic downturns in a fairly abstract sense. Even then, just two short months ago the total collapse of one of the world's biggest investment banks seemed unlikely. But it has happened – which just goes to prove the unwritten rule of the security world is as valid as ever – expect the unexpected and prepare to deal with it. It transpired that NeSmith proved to be one of the most engaging and open CEOs this magazine has met – more on page 26.

There are some in the industry – most notably Bruce Schneier, CTO at BT Counterpane – that maintain that so-called “security theatre” is damaging to vendors and customers alike. We've taken a look at the whole psychology of security and how solutions often just make people feel safer but protect against very little – particularly the unexpected. Mark Mayne's thought-provoking report begins on page 22.

The RSA Conference Europe rolls into town once again this month at the ExCel in Docklands – you can read Jessica Twentyman's full preview starting on page 34. SC will be there of course, providing daily news and reports from the show floor with the SC Show Daily Newswire, sent to all our regular newsletter subscribers and registered RSA Conference delegates. You can ensure you know what's happening at RSA by subscribing at http://xrl.us/orzsk.

SC will also be hosting one of the track sessions at RSA on the final day. Entitled the CTO Panel: Beyond Tomorrow it will feature four highly knowledgeable and opinionated CTOs and together we will try to make sense of where the industry is going and how it can adapt to customers' changing needs. It promises to one of the liveliest debates at the show. Have a safe month.

Paul Fisher, editor


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