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Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit Lecture Report

Published On : 2019-08-27
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Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit Lecture Report

The Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit 2019 was held from August 5th to 7th, 2019. On the first day of the event, the Platinum Sponsor Session was organized, featuring Mr. Takashi Amano, Director of Cyber Security Center of Toshiba Corporation, and CYFIRMA Chairman and CEO, Kumar Ritesh. Herein is the broad outline of this lecture. Note that the lecture materials can be downloaded by completing the form listed at the end of this article.

Expectedly, the lecture was fully booked prior to the event, prompting the organizers to relocate to a larger venue to accommodate the additional influx of attendees. About 200 people attended the Platinum Sponsor Session on the first day of the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit 2019.

Agenda of this lecture covered;

  • Kumar Ritesh reiterated the threat landscape surrounding Japanese companies and organizations, while drawing from his former experience as a CISO
  • Introduction of CYFIRMA initiatives and advantages
  • Application examples at major US financial institutions
  • Examples of threat intelligence utilization at Toshiba Corporation
■ Kumar Ritesh reiterated the threat landscape surrounding Japanese companies and organizations, while drawing from his former experience as a CISO

Kumar Ritesh’s presentation first addressed the challenges he faced while serving as CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) of a globally prominent organization.

“I had access to world class resources, tools and infrastructure with millions of dollars as budget and was successful in setting up global cybersecurity IT/OT strategy, governance, policy, processes and security controls spanning 65 countries. Yet, we always struggled to understand the external threat landscape. Despite our huge spending and setting up of world class cybersecurity posture, attacks didn’t slow down. In fact, it elevated. Yes, we were able to slow down commodity type of attack, but sophisticated attacks continued to happen. The most challenging part was to understand the WHO / WHY / WHAT / WHEN and HOW of these cyber-attacks”

Next, Kumar Ritesh explained the five factors that are contributing to Japanese companies and organizations’ standing as prime targets for cyberattacks.

1. Geopolitical situation with neighboring countries
2. Retention of large quantities of personal and customer information
3. Ranking as a world leader in intellectual property (IP) and innovation
4. Japan’s immaturity pertaining to cybersecurity
5. Upcoming 2020

Furthermore, he touched upon the threat situation surrounding the Japanese manufacturing industries, financial institutions, and organizations managing critical infrastructure systems. Prominent companies in these industries are the targets of state sponsored hacker groups and such hacking campaigns were explained with examples. In light of these developments in the cyber landscape, Ritesh stated:

“Japanese companies and organizations are focused on building a defensive wall around themselves, but that is no longer an effective tactic as hackers are changing their own approaches, tools and attack techniques. A renewed approach to look ‘inside from the outside’ (outside in) is now needed. Who is the enemy (hacker profile), what they want to do, why they are interested in us (motivation and purpose), how will they attack us (TTP and attack approach), and if you are ready to withstand such an attack (readiness)- such insights must be taken into consideration when preparing appropriate countermeasures.”


■ Introduction of CYFIRMA initiatives and advantages

We introduced CYFIRMA’s Cyber Threat Intelligence Analysis Platform v2 (abbreviated as CAP) as a complete and proactive solution to protect against increasing cyber threats targeting Japanese companies and organizations. CAP collects information from over 280,000 data sources, including closed/private dark web forums, and analyzes with 5 AI and machine learning engines, thereby providing comprehensive threat visibility and intelligence specific to individual companies and organizations.

Ritesh described the advantages and value provided by CAP as thus:

“CYFIRMA provides threat indicators during the cyber attack’s planning stage itself, while other companies pick up threats that have already played out and provide the same as intelligence. This allows you to take appropriate security measures before the infringement is successful. Secondly, CYFIRMA delivers only relevant and high priority threat intelligence to its customers. This is in sharp contrast to vendors who often deliver intelligence that is not relevant to their clients’ organizations. Also, while other companies only focus on operational and tactical intelligence, CYFIRMA aggregates threat visibility & intelligence, and support for proper decision making for Cyber Security, such as strategic intelligence, management intelligence, and tactical intelligence, thereby delivering the complete spectrum of relevant threat intelligence. Many advanced Japanese companies have evaluated and endorsed these three advantages.”

Next, we introduced the three main modules that make up CAP v2.

  1. Threat Visibility and Intelligence: A module that provides comprehensive and multi-layered threat visibility and intelligence for specific organizations and industries. This helps identify and analyze the latest cyber threats and digital risks targeting your organization.
  2. Cyber Situational Awareness: Aggregate and provide real-time cyber insights, cyber incidents, news on technology and regulatory changes, and vulnerability and exploit information related to the assets used by your company.
  3. Cyber Incident Analytics: A module that analyzes malicious files and emails,related hackers, campaigns, and indicators such as IoC.

For details on CAP, please request a demo from the form below.


■ Application examples at major US financial institutions

After detailing the CAP, Ritesh explained the use cases specific to a major US financial institution. The latter was struggling to respond to cyber-attacks targeting its online trading and transaction systems and couldn’t determine which hacking group or country was responsible for the same. As a result of CYFIRMA’s investigation, the organization was able to identify that the attacks were being carried out by the North Korean Lazarus group. Based on CYFIRMA’s insights, the CISO of the financial institution reviewed their own cyber security strategy and measures, and redefined procedures such as incident response based on information about the hackers’ attack vectors, campaigns, and tools used. Additionally, by utilizing the IoC information used by Lazarus, the organization was able to reduce cyber-attacks by 78% month on month.

■ Examples of threat intelligence utilization at Toshiba Corporation

As a second use case, Mr. Amano, General Manager of Cyber Security Center, Toshiba Corporation, gave a presentation and introduced Toshiba’s cybersecurity efforts. In the presentation, after touching on Toshiba’s business portfolio and efforts to contribute to their customers’ digital transformation through Cyber Physical System (CPS) technology, the associated increase in cyber-attack risk due to the spread of CPS was taken up as an issue. Mr. Amano cited the following three points.


  1. Target of attack:In addition to IT infrastructure, OT such as production equipment, products, solutions and services, and suppliers and customers related to the company’s value chain are targeted.
  2. Threat entry point:All of the above attack targets serve as entrance for the threats.
  3. Changes in attacks themselves:Threats are diversified, sophisticated, and compounded, increasing from “known threats” to “unknown threats.”

He explained that Toshiba’s basic philosophy is to respond to increasingly sophisticated and diversified cyber-attacks based on the following three viewpoints.

  1. Risk-based security management: Preferentially, responding to risks with high occurrence frequency (probability) and high impact (loss).
  2. Zero Trust: Trust management that must be confirmed without trust. Based on evil theory and assumption that assets could be invaded, all targets are authenticated and monitored properly.
  3. Customer Zero: The first customer of the solution provided to customers is in-house. The idea is to provide customers with trust based on experience.

Based on the above concept, “Life Time Protection” and “Value Chain Protection” initiatives were explained, followed by the introduction of Cyber Defense Management Platform (CDMP), an orchestration and automation platform that realizes risk-based security management.

CDMP is a unique platform that enables high-precision threat detection and proactive response through extensive intelligence feed and log collection. CYFIRMA’s threat intelligence is used as one of its intelligence sources.
CYFIRMA’s threat intelligence is used as one of its intelligence sources.

Mr. Amano introduced slides depicting the types of threat intelligence services from Toshiba’s perspective and detailed four examples highlighting the usage of threat intelligence at Toshiba. Finally, he explained the following four points as strengths of, and expectations from, CYFIRMA.

1. Strategic intelligence and advanced analytics by analysts
2. Global support ability
3. CPS advancement, proposal for SOAR
4. Expected to improve dashboard menu and UI

In summation, the Platinum Sponsor Session at the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit 2019 was a resounding success. The assembled audience got the opportunity to listen to Kumar Ritesh’s expert insights on the Japanese cybersecurity landscape, followed by an advanced lecture from Amano-san about the management of cybersecurity at a leading Japanese multinational conglomerate, Toshiba.

■ Documents for the day

You can download the materials (partial) of the day by completing the form below. If you do have any queries, please reach out to us.

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