At Sandia National Labs, Vincent Urias, cybersecurity research strategist, supports both externally-focused organizations including the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, as well as internally-focused cybersecurity research and development efforts. According to Urias, “We do a lot of test and evaluation. We also look at where the market is, what the gaps are, and try to fill those gaps with proofs of concept and R&D to understand where we need to invest energy, technology and people to mitigate threats or security issues in a broader fashion.”
Urias goes on to point out that several years ago, virtualization and newer network technologies were becoming more prevalent in the enterprise; however, understanding adversaries was growing more challenging. The notion of threat intelligence—the ability to identify adversary actions on systems, and then collect, fuse and reconcile that information to create actual intelligence—was a huge gap.