Cloud Security Will (and Should) Dominate the RSA Conference

Just a few days left before this year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco and everything points to a crazy week at the Moscone Center. I’ve heard that around 50,000 people will attend and that the Moscone Center is a mess of construction right now, so just getting in and out of the buildings may be difficult. 

Now, I’ve written a lot lately about my outlook for RSA as I expect a lot of banter around endpoint security, machine learning, security operations automation and orchestration, threat intelligence, risk management, etc. Yup, there will be a smorgasbord of topics throughout the week, but cloud security will dominate this year’s RSA Conference.

Topics: Cybersecurity cloud security

A Few Cybersecurity Predictions for 2018

Over the past few weeks, dozens of people have reached out to me with their cybersecurity predictions for 2018. Some prophecies are fairly obvious (ransomware will continue in 2018) while at the other extreme, some people are pushing doomsday forecasts aimed at garnering press hits (i.e., the US will suffer a cyber-attack in 2018 that knocks out the power grid for a substantial amount of time).

Topics: Cybersecurity SIEM cloud security machine learning SOAPA GDPR

Acute Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Areas

In my last blog, I reviewed some new research from ESG and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), revealing that 70% of cybersecurity pros say that the global cybersecurity skills shortage has impacted their organizations. Based upon this and other similar research, I’m convinced that the cybersecurity skills shortage represents an existential risk to our data, businesses, and national security.

Topics: Cybersecurity security analytics security operations cloud security application security ISSA security investigations

What’s Holding Back Enterprise Security Technology Transformation?

Last week, I wrote a blog about the rapid cycle of innovation happening with security technologies today – I’ve never experienced a time when every element of the security stack is transforming.

New security technologies are arriving at an opportune time. According to ESG research, 69% have increased their cybersecurity budgets in 2017 and my guess is that they will continue to increase investment in 2018. And when asked which BUSINESS initiatives will drive the most IT spending, 39% of organizations responded, “increasing cybersecurity protection.” This means that business executives are buying into the need for cybersecurity improvements all around. 

Topics: Network Security Cybersecurity SIEM CISO cloud security ISSA

Phased Process for Cloud Security

My colleague Doug Cahill and I have been following the development of cloud security for the past few years. What we’ve noticed is that many organizations tend to track through a pattern of actions as their organization embraces public cloud computing. The sequence goes through the following order:

  1. The pushback phase. During this period, CISOs resist cloud computing, claiming that workloads won’t be adequately protected in the public cloud. This behavior may still occur for late-comers or very conservative firms but the cloud computing ship has definitely sailed at most large enterprises. In other words, CISOs aren’t given an out clause--rather, they must figure out how to secure cloud-based workloads whether they like it or not.
Topics: Network Security Cybersecurity cloud security micro-segmentation

Cybersecurity Remains an Elusive Business Priority

I’ve been remiss by not blogging earlier this year about ESG’s annual IT spending intentions research. The year 2017 continues to follow a pattern—cybersecurity is a high business and IT priority for most organizations. 

Topics: Network Security Cybersecurity endpoint security CISO cloud security cyber insurance

The New McAfee

I’ve worked with McAfee for a long time – from its independent days, during the Network Associates timeframe, through financial issues, back to McAfee and the go-go Dave DeWalt era, and finally as Intel Security. 

Topics: Network Security Cybersecurity McAfee endpoint security SIEM cloud security

Cloud Security: Still a Work in Progress

A few years ago, ESG (and other) research indicated that security concerns posed the biggest impediment for more pervasive use of cloud computing. What happened next? Business executives and CIOs found that cloud agility, flexibility, and potential cost savings were too good to pass up, creating a “cloud or bust” mentality. Naturally, CISOs had to do their best and go along for the ride whether they were ready or not.

So, how’s cloud security going at this point? ESG research indicates it is still a work in progress. As part of a recent survey, cybersecurity professionals were presented with a series of statements about cloud security and asked whether they agreed or disagreed with each one. Here are some of the results:

Topics: Cloud Computing Cybersecurity CISO cloud security

That's a Wrap! RSA Conference 2017 Thoughts and Observations, Continued (Video)

In this second of a two-part video blog series, my colleague Jon Oltsik and I discuss some of the themes and takeaways from RSA Conference 2017.

Closing the cloud security readiness gap with platforms: Many vendors at RSA were offering cloud security solutions to help organization close the gap between the use of the cloud services within their company and their readiness to secure that use. These solutions spanned the gamut of “from,” “in,” and “to” cloud security with respect to security from the cloud (i.e., security-as-a-service\SECaaS), infrastructure security (workloads, APIs), and cloud app security (i.e., CASB), respectively. Compounding the readiness gap is good old heterogeneity -- most orgs use many cloud apps and multiple IaaS providers. In fact, ESG research reveals that 75% of organizations consuming IaaS services today do so from more than one CSP. These adoption dynamics create the need for cross app and cross cloud coverage which is why major players such as Cisco, Trend Micro, and Symantec are highly focused on the breadth of their cloud security portfolios while cloud security specialists such as CloudPassage, Netskope, Illumio, vArmour, Threat Stack, and others are also helping companies close the gap with offerings that continue to offer both breadth across cloud services and depth of functionality.  

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Looking Back to Look Forward on Cybersecurity

By now, everyone in our industry has provided 2017 cybersecurity predictions and I’m no exception. I participated in a 2017 infosec forecast webcast with industry guru Bruce Schneier, and ESG also published a video where I exchanged cybersecurity prophecies with my colleague Doug Cahill.

Topics: Network Security Cybersecurity endpoint security NIST cloud security ISSA