“It’s your edge. Own it.” That was the big message from OpenText™ CEO and CTO Mark J. Barrenechea in the opening keynote at OpenText™ Enfuse 2019 in Las Vegas.
Addressing more than 1,000 security professionals, digital investigators, legal teams, law enforcement officials, partners and customers, Mark talked about the trend toward cloud and centralization, and how the edge is now smart, with IoT, Industrial IoT, laptops, mobile, wearable and home devices.
“You don’t control where your employees will connect their devices,” said Mark. “You have to own your edge.”
The scale of managing endpoint security was illustrated by one customer on stage who said that with people with multiple devices, an organization with 100,000 employees is faced with securing over 250,000 endpoints.
Defense in depth
And Mark reiterated how “security is job #1”, with a growing range of external attacks such as ransomware and insider breaches facing organizations today. “You have to protect against the inside threat,” he warned. “You have to assume the bad actors are already inside your perimeter.”
Tackling these big security challenges requires defense in depth and Mark outlined the 10 core areas that OpenText is focused on to help the enterprises address these issues, including:
- Endpoint security and Ransomware
- Threat intelligence
- Forensics and eDiscovery
- Identity and access management
- Secure content management and cloud collaboration
- Privacy management and data protection
The new table stakes for security
On day two, OpenText EVP & Chief Product Officer Muhi Majzoub showcased some of OpenText’s new security capabilities and features announced in Release 16 EP7, outlining OpenText’s continued commitment to innovate. “Security and insights are the heart of what we do today,” said Muhi.
Muhi demonstrated the new industry-first pause/resume forensic imaging in OpenText Tableau Forensic Imager TXI. Imaging can often take hours and crime scenes can be unpredictable but this technology now enables investigators to pause a job and resume later, remotely and through a browser. And crucially, it does so while maintaining forensic integrity.
Legal Tech and eDiscovery
New in eDiscovery is expanded investigation and compliance capability through automation in machine translation and the integration of sentiment analysis into OpenText™ Axcelerate™ via OpenText™ Magellan™, allowing deeper insight and understanding of both content and context in documents.
Records management and digital signatures
The full details of the new product announcements in EP7, which also cover OpenText™ Business Network, OpenText™ OT2 and OpenText™ Content Services, can be found here.
Paws for a cause
A hugely popular feature at Enfuse 2019 were the four-legged friends from local Las Vegas charity Michael’s Angel Paws, which OpenText supported with a $3,000 donation. The charity provides therapy and service dogs for veterans and people with visible and non-visible disabilities.
“Truth decay” and the information threat to national security
Wrapping up Enfuse 2019 was James Clapper, former US Director of National Intelligence. Charting his rise to serving under President Obama, Clapper told how his first experience of intelligence was as a 12-year-old in 1953, using toothpicks to “hack” his grandparents’ TV and listen in to the Philadelphia police communications.
On the biggest cybersecurity threats facing the US today, Director Clapper said: “We face both technical threats and what might be called intellectual, or information, threats.” While technical threats – such as nation state malware attacks on critical infrastructure – have the potential to cause significant damage, he said it is the information threats through social media campaigns and the blurring of fact and opinion that he fears most, because it changes behavior and has a much deeper impact on society and democracy.
He also reminded attendees that it is still people behind these cyber threats and that it is important to understand who they are and their motivation. “Cyber is not a threat in and of itself,” said Director Clapper. “There’s always a human being at the other end who is performing the keystrokes, who is simply using the cyber domain as the mode…Cybersecurity is really about people. It’s built, run, attacked and reacted to by people.”
Date for your diary – OpenText Enfuse at Enterprise World 2020
Next year, Enfuse unites with OpenText Enterprise World from September 29-October 1, 2020 back at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas.