The emergence of the internet of things (IoT) and the rapid growth of IoT devices and applications are opening a new era of connectivity – and vulnerability.
Specifically, as businesses today seize the opportunities of this new era, they risk leaving their commercial data and systems exposed to a public internet not originally intended for this purpose, and one increasingly besieged by crippling cyberattacks. This is why we at Syniverse believe that, ultimately, companies that want to do business and transfer data with certainty, security and privacy should not be relying on the public internet.
Simply put, security-conscious businesses must integrate the use of a private, isolated network as a way to protect and authenticate their data, transactions, and communications.
This is an initiative that we’ve been working on a lot with customers this year, and one in which I continue to be enlightened by customers and colleagues. In a new series of videos, starting with the one below, I share some of my perspectives on cyberthreats along with the top discussion points from these conversations. In our first segment, we talk about the nature of today’s internet threats and what companies should know about them.
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.