Audience Reaction

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2007-03-15 Print this article Print

Was the audience swallowing it? Not wholly. After Amorosos keynote, during a panel on "Security Strategies That Work," panel members brought up multiple reasons why theyd rather keep security where they can see it. Steve Runyon, information security specialist at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, said that he couldnt fathom the scenario working when a business has more than one ISP.
"You have to get them to work together, and you have to manage them all," Runyon said.
Another panel member, Eric Latalladi, chief technology officer and vice president at J.B. Hanauer & Co., said that the idea of security in a cloud doesnt address an inherent flaw of centralization: namely, that vulnerabilities "seem to hover where the majority of business is," he said. "If it collapses into all the carriers, the focus will have to be on how do carriers architect security?" Yet another panel member, Lloyd Hession, vice president and chief security officer at British Telecom Radianz, said his business would be pleased as punch to sell security services, but he wondered if people would actually buy the add-on. "Im sure theyd be able to sell those additional security capabilities," he said. "But on one hand the sales guy says Thats a fine service. And then you have the service thats charged extra for security. Its going to take a while for people to realize its worth it." Check out eWEEK.coms Security Center for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEKs Security Watch blog.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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