Secure Network Video Series, Part 4: The Imperative for Private Networks

In my last three blog posts, we’ve talked about the range of online threats that have sprung from the increasing sophistication of today’s cyberattacks along with the growth of the attack surface and vulnerabilities stemming from the internet of things. In this last part of our video series, I’d like to turn the focus to a thought-provoking solution for minimizing these threats: the use of isolated, private networks.

At Syniverse, we believe businesses must integrate the use of a private, isolated network as one practical approach to protecting and authenticating their data. Such a network can be utilized to minimize business risk by providing a high level of security from public internet threats; global but flexible connectivity; and better performance with higher capacity, higher speed, and lower latency.

It’s an initiative we’ve been working on enthusiastically this year, and we continue to enlighten customers and colleagues about it as we seek to understand their desires and concerns while they move more of their business operations into the internet of things. In the final part of our video series, below, we discuss this idea of a private, isolated network and its security implications in more depth. I encourage you to check it out to learn more, and also to watch part one, part two, and part three of the series to understand the bigger picture of today’s cyberthreats.

As Senior Vice President and Chief Security and Risk Officer, Phil Celestini leads security and risk management across Syniverse, including adopting new technologies and building industry awareness of critical threats and opportunities arising from such areas as the internet of things, 5G, artificial intelligence, and blockchain. With a career spanning more than 35 years across government, law enforcement, and the military, Phil brings extensive executive leadership experience in security, risk, and compliance. From 1992 to 2018, he served as a Special Agent in the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he was most recently Special Agent in Charge in Washington, D.C., and where he also served as the FBI’s senior representative to the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command among other roles. In addition to his investigative acumen, Phil is an acknowledged expert in cyber and information security. He earned several commendations and community honors as FBI Special Agent, serving in positions of increasing leadership responsibility in numerous field offices, FBI headquarters, and on the National Security and Homeland Security Councils at the White House. Prior to his FBI career, he served as an intelligence operations officer in the U.S. Air Force. He received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s degree in public safety leadership from Capella University.



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