Cybersecurity Insights from Tanium’s Converge Conference with Chris Haley – Futurum Tech Webcast

Insights from Tanium's Converge Conference with Chris Haley

On this episode of the Futurum Tech Webcast, host Shira Rubinoff is joined by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett‘s Chris Haley Head of Global Platform for a conversation on the cybersecurity insights and key takeaways from Tanium‘s Converge Conference, and how cybersecurity practices are evolving within the legal sector.

Their discussion covers:

  • The main themes and insights from Tanium’s Converge Conference
  • The role of cybersecurity in modern legal practices
  • Challenges and solutions for implementing robust cybersecurity measures in the legal sector
  • The evolution of legal sector’s approach to data protection and privacy
  • Future trends in cybersecurity within the legal industry

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Shira Rubinoff: Hi, this is Shira Rubinoff. I’m president of Cybersphere, of Futurum Group. I’m here at Tanium’s Converge Conference here in New York City with Chris Haley. Chris, pleasure to be with you here today. Can you please introduce yourself to our audience, tell you who you are and what you do for your organization?

Chris Haley: Sure. Christopher Haley. I head up our global platform for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. It’s a large law firm here in New York City.

Shira Rubinoff: So Chris, working for a law firm, visibility is quite important for every industry it actually is, whether it’s healthcare, whether it’s financial, but certainly when you’re working with a law firm, you need that visibility within the organization, but also keeping it secure. So first thing is what led you to Tanium?

Chris Haley: Ease of access. Ease of access, getting to all of our endpoints first and foremost, which led us to obviously the visibility aspect. And then having a touch and feel, immediate touch and feel aspect in real time. We’re going through a major endpoint modernization effort right now. So getting that true visibility of everything that’s out there, being able to collect everything that’s archaic in our environment right now, weed out all the different tool sets, older tool sets and whatnot, that Tanium can replace. And then take that visibility into the patching management aspect of things too and try and start to get a clean slate for that patching baseline.

Shira Rubinoff: Well that’s certainly important. And before that, it was more of a multilayered system or what were you using before that led you to really get to a smooth system without that over layered of technology?

Chris Haley: Multilayered definitely, both wide, broad, up and down. All sorts of different tool sets throughout. A lot of competing, definitely. So there’s obviously a major cost save there by rationalizing some old products, standardizing on just Tanium for patch management for one. Hopefully software deployment’s another thing, it’s provisioning as well. But as well, just again, the visibility aspect of knowing exactly what we have out there across the globe at all of our different global offices has been huge.

We’re still finding stuff daily from past lives within the law firm of different old systems, different old endpoints, software that they had, out of date software. So it’s a daily find. New things find every day.

Shira Rubinoff: So then what would you rank this type of solution within an organization compared to the other types of security? I know a lot of organizations, there’s costs, there’s budgets, and they try to multilayer what comes first. There’s not a budget for everything. There’s a nice to have, a good to have, a need to have. This obviously falls into the need to have bucket. Why would you say that is?

Chris Haley: You know, the presentation you just did nailed it exactly. I’ve said this, I’ve been a major advocate for Tanium for a couple of companies now. It’s a tool of tools. It makes sure that all the rest of the tools are acting properly together, integrating them properly together, and then maybe some of these other tools are no longer needed, eventually. So the tool of tools is the perfect one-liner for Tanium.

Shira Rubinoff: Well, excellent. I always ask my interviewees for a cybersecurity tip for the audience. So think about anything around cybersecurity that you could give a helpful business tip. To whether it be consumers, businesses, or the like. Wherever you want to go with this.

Chris Haley: Be careful of phishing. The phishing stuff’s interesting. I know myself, I’ll fully admit. I’ve always been a 99.9% success rate in making sure I pass all the phishing tests, but I almost clicked the button recently and almost fell for one. So they’re getting smarter, they’re getting better. Be vigilant, the phishing side.

Shira Rubinoff: Excellent tip. Well Chris, thank you for your time. Thank you everybody for joining us today. Thank you, Chris.

Chris Haley: Thank you.

Author Information

Shira Rubinoff

Acclaimed cybersecurity researcher and advisor, Shira is a global keynote speaker and presenter, and expert media commentator. She joined The Futurum Group in February 2024 as President, Cybersphere.


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