Robert Stringfellow, President and CEO of Megadata Technology LLC, of Fort Washington, MD, has a unique view of the world.
Having spent 12 years in the military and now running a company that provides advanced technology services to government clients, Stringfellow
has an exceptional perspective on what keeps us safe - and what puts us in danger.
spoke exclusively with GSN
: Government Security News
about the most pressing cyber security issues today and what keeps him up at night.
"I am always concerned that we have a lot of security professional personnel that are in it for the money part of it, and not in it for protecting the data, because they don't even know how to protect their own data," Stringfellow
"I worry about the security professionals who go get accreditation just for the money, without a well-rounded background in security.
There are a lot of security people out here that are totally inexperienced."
But inexperienced security professional are not the only problem in his
An uneducated public has its own set of problems, Stringfellow
"A lot of people are looking for easy solutions or using outdated tools or using too many tools that do it for you, without analyzing data and really getting to understand how to analyze information," he
"There are too many short-cuts for quick gain.
Once you start cutting corners, you will always get the same results in the end."
In the end, Stringfellow
believes, it will be up to the private sector to make cyber-space safe for all users.
imagines the worst cyber-security catastrophe would be aimed at our nation's financial system.
"If someone could inject a worm or virus into the infrastructure and it was able to actually bring down the financial mainframes and computers, that would be the worst case scenario," he