Infosec: Jericho Forum targets US before disbanding

The Jericho Forum, which has campaigned to change the way enterprises secure their data and systems, is preparing for an assault across the Atlantic before it can disband with its job done.

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The Jericho Forum expects to disband within two years when it anticipates that its work on de-perimeterisation will be done.

But over the coming 12 months, the organisation plans to make a concerted push to evangelise its message in the US and to work with a range of universities to develop modules on the subject.

The basic premise of the forum is that the traditional "firewalled" approach to securing a network boundary is at best flawed, and at worst ineffective.

Instead of simple focussing on defending network boundary of an enterpise, the Forum’s commandments argue for a fully de-perimeterised network where every component is independently secure, requiring systems and data protection on multiple levels, using a mixture of encryption, inherently-secure computer protocols and systems and data-level authentication.

Paul Simmonds, co-founder and board member of the Forum, which was set up in early 2005, explains: “We agreed at the outset that we wouldn’t let the Jericho Forum morph into is another ‘let’s discuss security forum’. Our aim is to plan for our own demise, and our measure of success ultimately is to disband when we’ve achieved our goals. My hope is that we’re two years away from that.”

A key plank in achieving this aim is raising awareness of the concept in the US. While the majority of security practitioners in Europe have an opinion on de-perimeterisation - whether they agree with it or not - Simmonds indicates that the ratio in the US is more like one in five.

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