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Hitachi to Sponsor Borderless Cyber 2015 Conference in Washington, DC on September 15 – 16, 2015

Eric Hibbard, Chief Technology Officer, Security and Privacy, Hitachi Data Systems to Speak on Public-Private Collaboration to Combat Cyberthreats

Tarrytown, NY, September 14, 2015 --- Hitachi America, Ltd. today announced that the company will sponsor Borderless Cyber 2015 on September 15 – 16 in Washington, DC. The conference is being organized by OASIS, the international open standards consortium, and the World Bank Group. Additional conference sponsors are IBM and IDtrust. On September 15th, Eric Hibbard, Chief Technology Officer, Security and Privacy, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), will serve on a panel that will address how the growing sophistication of and potential damage that can be caused by cyberthreats has created a new paradigm for public-private collaboration. On September 16th, Mr. Kazuo Noguchi, Senior Manager, Hitachi America, Ltd., will facilitate a session on mitigating potential threats at large-scale special events including the Olympics and the Super Bowl.

“We are very proud to be a part of this important upcoming event,” said Mr. Noguchi. “The purpose of the conference is not selling solutions that Hitachi has to offer in this area. Rather, we are looking to raise the prominence of this important need to protect critical data infrastructures by communicating directly with governments (including the United States, Japan, UK, the EU) as well as industry participants in order to discuss best practices, global standards, and knowledge sharing.” 

The Hitachi Group manufactures, develops and sells software solutions, security cameras, and biometric and other devices that give the company a unique position within the security/public safety sector. Today, Hitachi is combining its expertise in building social infrastructure that generates big data with its IT hardware and software products that capture manage and analyse that data to create predictive and prescriptive analytics solutions as part of its Social Innovation business strategy. This approach offers promise for public safety officials who need to be able to analyse data from diverse sources, including video surveillance cameras and infrastructure system sensors, in real-time. In June 2015, Hitachi added to its capabilities in this area through the acquisition of Pentaho, a leading data integration, visualization and analytics company.

Mr. Hibbard, who will serve as a panellist, leads Hitachi’s security strategy activities as well as the storage security strategy for Hitachi Data Systems. Mr. Hibbard is an accomplished security technologist with experience in operating systems, storage systems, networking, cryptography, cloud computing and numerous other technologies. The author of several whitepapers and book chapters, Mr. Hibbard is also a significant contributor to the standardization of these technologies. In his work with HDS, Mr. Hibbard counsels customers with complex security requirements/designs and deployments and supports investigations associated with data breaches and other forms of malicious attacks. He also works with governments to support their specialized security needs and certification activities. “Society is facing security threats that were unimaginable even five years ago,” says Hibbard, “Big data analytics solutions will be a powerful tool in our fight to protect critical infrastructure. I look forward to speaking at this conference and discussing how predictive and preventative analytics solutions can help cities achieve higher levels of safety moving forward.”

OASIS, in collaboration with The World Bank, will bring together public and private sector security professionals from around the world to evaluate, debate, and collaborate on cyber security best practices and tools. Driving intra-government coordination will be an overarching theme. Fostering interest and collaboration among countries in support of safe guarding critical assets from financial services to large public events will also be featured on the agenda. Additional topics will include:

Driving Intra-Government Coordination Protecting Critical Infrastructure

While advanced nations can draw on sophisticated infrastructure to combat cyber security threats, many of these threats often originate from adjacent regions. Reviewing a more regional focus between governments to ensure a unified response will be vital. Those regional areas will also benefit from effective tools that not only allow international participation, but also offer local safeguards.

Initiating Collaborative Responses to Cyber Security Challenges

Unifying responses to future cyber incidents and strengthen public/private partnerships to find technology solutions can keys to success. In order to respond to cyber security threats in a constantly changing environment, strong international cooperation needs to be visible within individual cyber-security strategies. The cross-border nature of threats makes it essential to focus on strong international cooperation. The event will bring communities together to discuss current cyber security strategies, different influences, successful approaches, and what may hamper international cooperation.

Promoting Solutions & Best Practices

This conference will be the first in a series of events designed to build awareness that countries should prepare to engage with companies and organizations that are actively looking at technologies for cyber and public safety collaboration internationally. For example, standards initiatives, such as OASIS CTI, are working to connect the ‘cyber threat intelligence’ dots by developing open interoperability standards (STIX, TAXII, CybOX) to enable cyber threat intelligence to be shared among trusted partners and communities (M2M knowledge). The use of these standards will allow security practitioners to build systems that will rapidly identify and access current threats, and determine how they act, who is responsible and what course of action is needed. By streamlining this process, countries no longer have to spend valuable time and resources analyzing data in disparate formats.