Access Management , Governance & Risk Management , Identity & Access Management

Rumors of the VPN's Demise Are NOT Exaggerated

Roundtable Preview: Koons of Unisys on the Transition to Data Over Infrastructure
Jack Koons, chief cybersecurity strategist and technology evangelist, Unisys

According to Unisys, we are witnessing in real time the long anticipated end of the VPN and firewalls. In a virtual roundtable preview, Jack Koons of Unisys explains the shift to data over infrastructure for cybersecurity. Koons explains why it is time to change our approach

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” The bottom line is why are we still using cars? Why is the combustion engine still on the road today? And the reason for that is plain and simple. The infrastructure is there, the investment is there. And people have put a lot of time and money into trying to tune and optimize the solution,” Koons says. “In the case of technology and cybersecurity, VPNs and firewalls, they're there, they're useful, they do a job. The problem is we're asking them to do something that they were never originally meant to do at scale.”

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group in advance of an upcoming virtual roundtable, Koons discusses:

  • Why we are still using VPNs and firewalls;
  • How companies go from infrastructure to identity;
  • Concerns for a second wave of threats from remote devices returning to the office environment.

Koons joined Unisys Corporation in 2016 after a 25-year career as a senior DoD Officer within the National Intelligence, Special Operations, and Cyber Communities. He currently serves as chief cybersecurity strategist and technology evangelist responsible for development, enablement, and execution of Unisys global security go-to-market efforts.

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About the Author

Nick Holland

Nick Holland

Director, Banking and Payments

Holland, an experienced security analyst, has spent the last decade focusing on the intersection of digital banking, payments and security technologies. He has spoken at a variety of conferences and events, including Mobile World Congress, Money2020, Next Bank and SXSW, and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, MSNBC, NPR, Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time Magazine, The Economist and the Financial Times. He holds an MSc degree in information systems management from the University of Stirling, Scotland.




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