Look Ma, I found security! Or, just Another Brick in the Wall
Posted by John Burnham in Threat Management
According to a UK news website, the CEO of a large, really large, hardware vendor just noticed that the world is being ravaged by terrorists, and warned that a ”cyber-attack of 9/11 scale” is likely to take place in the near future. So now the terrorists are using cyber attacks. Hhmmm…selling security with FUD is not even old school: it’s irrelevant. And when delivered by a CEO, well it just smacks of over the top chest thumping. Nowhere in the entire article did she discuss how they solve their customers’ complex security problems. Instead, more defensive posturing: “We will darken the skies with our agenda to help organisations (sic).”
Oh wait: “We are offering customers differentiated products in security. They (sic) are about applying actionable intelligence and compliance (sic).” Uhh, how does one “apply” compliance?
Okay, I am being snarky, Ya got me, guilty as charged. But, we are not talking about trivial matters here. And our leaders need to take this just as seriously as our customers do. It’s not just about offering “differentiated products” to help their customers “protect their infrastructure.” Yes, the perimeter is essential, but not sufficient in dealing with Advanced Persistent Threats, insider attacks and fraud. Keeping the Bad Guys Out and Letting the Good Guys in means telemetry from all sources, applications, mobile devices, cloud platforms and and cloud services. It means partnering with your customers and their chosen suppliers.
It means applying analytics to all the data, constantly. It means Total Security Intelligence.
Learn more about security intelligence in this webinar from the IBM Institute for Advanced Security, featuring Chris Poulin, “Defining Security Intelligence for the Enterprise: What today’s CISOs Need to Know.”