Tenable user conference links customers and solutions providers

May 24, 2019
The breach of Atlanta City Government was among the issues brought up during event

Atlanta, GA.,--  May 23, 2019 -- Tenable, the solutions provider that pioneered the IT Vulnerability Management market as the creator of Nessus® a decade ago and is now the world’s most widely deployed IT vulnerability assessment solution, followed up on the success of last year’s sold-out Tenable's Edge User Conference in Atlanta this week with another highly-successful event. Featuring a robust agenda of more than 25 keynotes, customer-led talks and deep-dive breakoutsas well as an optional full day of Tenable University hands-on training, the 2019 EDGE Conference from May 21-23 brought together Tenable customers, like DropBox, Amazon Web Services, Verizon, DocuSign, ServiceNow and Express Scripts, among others, as well as top executives and cyber gurus from around the world to discuss the various applications of Tenable software, better understand the true business costs of cyber risk, and the practical tools and advice to protect against cyber threats. 

Tenable CEO, Amit Yoran gave a keynote about “The Cure for Cyber Helplessness”, stating: "The cyber industry has long been plagued by learned helplessness. We've been taught to believe there's no way to protect ourselves from the onslaught of attacks. But that's simply not the case. The vast super majority of breaches are caused by known, but unpatched vulnerabilities. Attackers would much rather go after the low-hanging fruit of a network instead of wasting a 0-day exploit. It's cheaper and less risky. By simply practicing basic cyber hygiene, organizations can dramatically reduce their overall exposure."

Tenable CTO and cofounder, Renaud Deraison, who also is the founder and creator of Nessus, also gave a keynote speech to open the conference, about the status of the cyber community. He stated, “When I released Nessus over 20 years ago, I had one goal in mind: to create an easy-to-use security tool that everyone could use, not just those that could afford or who could understand it. That mission, to create an inclusive community of security professionals, remains at the core of Tenable and my greatest pride. This is why we recently launched Nessus Essentials, an enhanced, free version of Nessus, to be used by students, professors and the next generation of cyber defenders. Nessus Essentials provides classroom guides and in-product tutorial to help users hone their vulnerability assessment skills for free.” 

Talking to media following his keynote address, Deraison pointed out that cities have done a lot towards being proactive in digital transformation and digitizing their infrastructure to simplify things for their citizens, but admitted that it also created new risks and digital transformation as a whole is all about connecting systems together - which also increases the risk by making bigger networks.

He also added that it is critical that cities, states, any large network conduct frequent maintenance to frequently patch vulnerabilities and remediate - something which would alleviate 90% of the risk of an attack.