HP Security Chief Targeted by Phishers

VIDEO: HP's security chief discusses what is needed for success in the modern threat landscape and reveals that he has been targeted by a spear-phishing scam.

HP's Art Gilliland

SAN FRANCISCO—Art Gilliland, Hewlett-Packard's senior vice president and general manager for enterprise security, is very knowledgeable about the world of security but knows he's not immune from being a target, too.

In an exclusive video interview with eWEEK at the RSA Conference here, Gilliland discussed HP's security strategy and why there is no silver-bullet single-product approach that can work for IT security.

Gilliland also noted that technology alone isn't the solution and admitted that he has been directly targeted in a phishing attack.

"I spoke at a conference and I got an email from the organizer, who is a woman I know," Gilliland said.

The email asked Gilliland if he was interested in speaking at another conference and included a picture of him taken at a prior conference. It turns out that email was a phishing attempt, and the image included malware targeted directly at Gilliland.

"Most executives aren't as completely paranoid as I am," Gilliland said. "So you're going to get into organizations, and that's why we see the amount of breaches growing by 20 percent."

Watch the full video interview with Art Gilliland below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner is an Internet consultant, strategist, and contributor to several leading IT business web sites.