Ambassador Mark Brzezinski's Remarks at Palo Alto Networks Event … – US Embassy and Consulate in Poland

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Palo Alto Networks Event on Cybersecurity
November 15, 2022
Ambassador’s Residence
Szanowni państwo, drodzy goście. Dear guests, welcome.
Thank you for joining us today!
I appreciate your participation and interest in this important topic, cybersecurity.
Since I’ve been here as Ambassador to Poland, I’ve seen the importance of the strength of the U.S.-Poland relationship. Of course, there is a real need to continue strengthening our cooperation on every level across the public and private sectors.
It is no secret that safety and security are top of everyone’s minds today given the myriad of challenges the world is currently facing. However, citizen safety will no longer be defined solely in physical terms due to the prevalence of the internet of things and the fundamental role that digital infrastructure plays in virtually every part of our lives.
You may not be aware of this, but three days before Russia’s February 24th invasion of Ukraine, there was a spike in cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure targets in Ukraine and in neighboring countries, including in Poland.
These cyber-attacks were not conducted by random bad actors interested in exploiting security weaknesses for monetary gain. No, they were the product of a string of coordinated cyber-attacks with the goal of causing confusion and wreaking havoc on democratic institutions.
Recent events in Ukraine clearly show that modern warfare is not fought with just guns, missiles, and brute force; the battlefield continues expanding, increasingly using drones, artificial intelligence, and the types of cyber-attacks we saw at the onset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Our critical infrastructure, energy supplies, financial information, logistics, healthcare, and so much more are dependent on the integrity and security of our networks and safety of our data. We must ensure that these assets are protected against all attacks, physical and digital.
And the way we store and access such digital assets is constantly evolving. The pandemic caused countless changes to our everyday lives, and perhaps one of the most significant developments has been the fundamental shift in how companies and their employees conduct their work on a daily basis.
Work for so many is no longer confined to inside the four walls of a traditional office space. In this shift to hybrid and expanded remote work, it is essential that companies invest in the necessary software and other digital resources needed to create safe and secure means of operating in this new work environment.
Today, representatives from Palo Alto Networks will share the latest in cyber security developments and demonstrate the ways we can benefit from them as we look to the future.
For decades, Palo Alto Networks has worked to become a global leader in Cloud and Connected Security Solutions. Their core products are platforms that include advanced firewalls and cloud-based offerings that extend those firewalls to cover other aspects of security. The company serves over 70,000 organizations in over 150 countries, including 85 of the Fortune 100.
Today’s program will introduce you to ways to protect your networks now and prepare them for the future, including with a focus on how to securely incorporate apps into your work streams and other enterprise services
Again, thank you for joining us today, and for your interest in learning more about this incredibly important and timely topic.
By U.S. Mission Poland | 15 November, 2022 | Topics: Ambassador, Events, News
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