UK Oracle User Group

Is IT critical? Mary Ann Davidson, Chief Security Officer, Oracle

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Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Track: Track 1


In the past decade, "IT" has morphed from "information technology" to "infrastructure technology," since so many elements of critical infrastructure have come to have an essential IT underpinning. Furthermore, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software is increasingly being deployed in these critical systems, although it was not in many cases designed for the threat environments in which it is now being deployed.

The increasing use of COTS in critical infrastructure requires that providers of COTS "up their security game" to provide generally higher levels of assurance, while recognizing that the commercial market will not sustain high assurance software. It also requires a cultural shift in two key ways. First, that those designing and developing software and hardware understand that it is being used for critical infrastructure, that it will be attacked, and that some attacks will be successful. Second, that we collectively understand the limits of technology, to avoid systemic - and thus unknowable and unmitigateable - risks.


Mary Ann Davidson is the Chief Security Officer at Oracle, responsible for Oracle product security, as well as security evaluations, assessments, and incident handling. She represents Oracle on the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Information Security Analysis Center, is a member of the Global Chief Security Officer Council, and serves on the editorial advisory board of SC Magazine. She was recently named one of Information Security magazine’s top five “Women of Vision” and is a 2004 Fed100 award recipient from Federal Computer Week. She has served on the Defense Science Board and was recently named to the Center for Strategic and International Studies commission on cybersecurity.

Ms. Davidson has a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, where she was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. 

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Published: 09.09.2011 - This document is restricted to members