From the Influencers 

This Month’s Key Quotes from Leaders in Cybersecurity

“The reality for most companies today when it comes to cybersecurity is reactive: find and clean up the damage. The real moonshot, which is still several years away, is predicting and deflecting cyber attacks before they infiltrate an organisation’s network.”

In a blog post released to promote Alphabet’s new cybersecurity unit Chronicle, Astro Teller, head of Alphabet’s X research and development facility, talks about how security needs to develop

“I believe that President Putin has clearly come to the conclusion there’s little price to pay here, and that therefore I can continue this activity.”

NSA boss Mike Rogers told a US congressional panel that Russia’s cyber war against the US is not going to stop because the US isn’t hitting back.

“We cannot let the Russians laugh about and take joy in the success they had in the last election.”

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, said at a news conference held in the wake of lawmakers’ decision to introduce legislation that would provide more than $1bn to boost cyber security of US voting systems

“Apple’s website contains the following bold declaration: “At Apple we believe privacy is a fundamental human right.” What ancient English adage does this bring to mind? Answer: “Fine words butter no parsnips.” In other words, what matters is not what you say, but what you do.”

John Naughton, professor of The Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University, writing in the Guardian about Apple’s decision to store iCloud data generated by Apple users with a mainland Chinese account in China in order to comply with the nation’s sweeping new cybersecurity law, which requires foreign companies to store all of the data they generate from China inside China’s borders

“I would argue that the people, the demographic who are really nervous about privacy, are going to stop driving pretty soon, and the people getting behind the wheel are more digital natives.”

Lisa Joy Rosner, chief marketing officer of US-Israeli startup Otonomo, on why younger drivers will be more comfortable giving up their privacy when driving connected vehicles