Feeds

New technology is scary, says Cisco CTO

But don't just blame Vista

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

New technology such as Windows Vista and IP v6 may solve some security problems but will bring new security threats as well, according to a senior Cisco security expert.

"When we deploy new technologies, what's scary is we never know what problems they might bring," said Bob Gleichauf, the CTO of Cisco's security technology group, who spoke at this week's Gartner Security Summit in London.

"For every action, there is a reaction and unforeseen side-effects. Even new regulations bring side-effects that we need to be aware of," he continued.

Gleichauf rebutted reports that he had singled out Windows Vista for criticism. "It's not just Vista," he said. "Microsoft has done an incredible job with Vista."

And he added that while it is always a problem building for vulnerabilities that you're not yet aware of, it can be attempted by deploying what he called 'compensating technologies' - Cisco's concept of defence in depth.

"You have to understand the business and the types of transactions, and configure many different components to work together," he said. "You have to be prepared for the unknown that may come with new technology." ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster
6TB of DRAM, 38TB of SSD flash and 120TB of disk storage
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?
This time we play for ALL the marbles
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push
'We know Larry said cloud was gibberish, and insane, and idiotic, but...'
Symantec backs out of Backup Exec: Plans to can appliance in Jan
Will still provide support to existing customers
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.