SAP NS2’s Mark Testoni on Cyber Threat as Top National Security Concern

Jeff Brody
Mark Testoni

Mark Testoni, CEO of SAP National Security Services and a 2019 Wash100 winner, told Global Defence Technology in an interview that he sees internet and cyber threat as one of the top national security concerns facing companies and countries.

He views state actors as more dangerous than non-state actors because of their resources and financing capability to wreak havoc on other countries through cyber attacks and intellectual property theft.

When asked about the measures Western countries should take to protect their companies, militaries and other institutions from cyber threats, Testoni cited three actions: keeping the infrastructure updated; using tools that allow organizations to detect anomalous behavior within networks; and advancing the cultural education of the workforce.

He said commercial entities and the military should make cyber opportunity and cyber threat at the top chain of activities and that he sees a culture change in the field of security.

“We need to not only buttress that culture, but we need to know, incentivise and start thinking about security upfront as we roll out the next thing,” he added.

He also shared his insights on ransomware attacks and digitization.

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