BALTIMORE, MD (August 26, 2013) — Security Ledger's Paul Roberts sat down with CyberPoint's Jerry Caponera to talk about Prescient — a new approach to supply chain security.
In response to Roberts' question about Prescient's goals and motivations, Caponera described a need for a "third way" of securing the globalized supply chain: you neither open your markets to all products, nor insist that everything you use be designed and produced entirely domestically. All information technology is now produced in a globalized environment—a product made in one country inevitably has components produces abroad. You just need to find the practical and tangible solutions to making products more secure.
The Prescient approach extends to both systems and components, Caponera explained, because it enables CyberPoint to serve as the last mile in a global supply chain. Conventional testing, validation, and certification are static, providing a look at a single instance at a single point in time. Prescient, in contrast, is dynamic: CyberPoint engineers find vulnerabilities, fix them, and then monitor the secured system throughout its lifecycle. "We get a secure baseline, and then we deploy continuous monitoring within all units the customer's using, watching how they're built, how they behave, and how they're being used."
Customers, said Caponera, are most concerned about the enterprise-class products—servers, critical infrastructure, and the like. "There are vulnerabilities across every product we use in IT," Caponera told Security Ledger. "Some are poor development. Some are poor QA. Some are malicious. You can't tell by looking. We need to realize that there are vulnerabilities in products and deal with them — either way."
The US Government and private sector are always looking for new and innovative products to meet their needs, but are unable to take advantage of the global marketplace due to uncertainties over foreign-owned products and technologies. Prescient is designed to help overcome those challenges. It helps foreign-owned companies build trust with potential customers and enhance their products in order to open up new markets in the US. Prescient provides both foreign and domestic commercial technology companies one of the fastest, most comprehensive and inexpensive methods to successfully enter the US Federal and commercial marketplace.
At CyberPoint, we work to create a future where individuals and organizations from across the globe can operate safely and securely in cyberspace and benefit from the technological innovations that increasingly connect our world. A rapidly growing cybersecurity company, CyberPoint integrates and delivers innovative, leading-edge services, solutions, and products to protect what's invaluable to customers worldwide. We discover the threats and vulnerabilities that expose data, systems, and infrastructure to compromise, we quantify risks, and we design defenses that provide critical protection. Learn more here.
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