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HP turns to the experts with new Security Advisory Board

HP has strengthened its cyber security capabilities with the establishment of a new Security Advisory Board and the recruitment of three external security specialists to sit on it.

The Security Advisory Board will work with HP to identify evolving threats and generate strategic conversations about the rapidly shifting security landscape with both HP and the market.

The three new board members all have first-hand experience of hacking and are familiar with the latest developments in cyber security. They include:

Michael Calce, a.k.a. Mafiaboy, a security consultant who in 2000 at the age of 15 unleased a massive cyberattack that brought down Yahoo!, eBay and Amazon. It led to an FBI manhunt and $1.7 billion in economic fallout;

Robert Masse, a partner at Deloitte (but acting independently), who has more than 20 years’ experience in cybersecurity, including a run-in with law enforcement over hacking in his teens; and

Justine Bone, who began her career doing reverse engineering and vulnerability research at New Zealand’s version of the U.S. National Security Agency before leading security for companies, including Bloomberg LP. She’s now CEO of MedSec, which analyses technology security for healthcare companies.

Security has become a priority for HP and its customers, as cyber criminals have become more skillful, flexible and mobile working have created new vulnerabilities and the number of vulnerable devices has increased. There are expected to be 20 billion network-connected gadgets by 2020 and, according to Bone, it takes just two and a half minutes after you plug in a smart camera or screw in a smart light bulb for an internet bot to compromise that device.

HP’s strategy is to build devices, like its printers, from the ground up to be secure and able to adapt to new threats as they emerge.

“HP is looking to implement security on anything and everything they develop,” said Calce. “That’s the type of mindset we need if we ever want to have some level of security in this world.”

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