Secure Network Video Series, Part 2: Today’s Public Internet Risks

It should come as no surprise that enthusiasm in the business world about the internet of things (IoT) is growing by the day. But what’s often overlooked in all the excitement is that the “I” in IoT is also an internet of shared services and shared data. As a result, we’re becoming dangerously reliant on openly accessible public internet connectivity to underpin many of the IoT’s new services and capabilities.

In a new series of videos we began sharing last week, I discuss some of the key conversations we’ve been having with customers about this risk. In our first segment, we talked about the nature of today’s internet threats, and in the second segment, linked below, we look at why companies still continue to use the internet despite these threats. Please take a look.

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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