Jon Oltsik

Jon Oltsik

Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst, an ESG fellow, and the founder of the firm’s cybersecurity service. With 30 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in all aspects of cybersecurity and is often called upon to help customers understand a CISO's perspective and strategies.

Recent Posts by Jon Oltsik:

SOAPA Interview With Sam Curry of Cybereason, Part 2 (Video)

Old friend and Cybereason CSO Sam Curry and I got together (virtually) to chat about all things SOAPA. In part 2 of our video, we focus on:

  • This newish thing called XDR. My colleague Dave Gruber and I are all over XDR as analysts, so I asked Sam for his thoughts. Sam thinks of XDR as taking EDR to the next level. He even broke down the acronym stating that the X signified telemetry independence. The “D” in XDR is somewhat overstated, Sam is really focused on the importance of the R, response, as security is about blocking (not finding) the bad guys. In the end, XDR should be a force multiplier for the cybersecurity staff.
Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA

SOAPA Interview With Sam Curry of Cybereason, Part 1 (Video)

I’ve known Cybereason CSO, Sam Curry for years, so it was a pleasure to lure him to ESG’s virtual studio for a SOAPA video. In part 1 of our 2-part series, Sam and I discuss:

  • Why EDR? Sam describes how, unlike SIEM, EDR is designed for one specific purpose – finding the bad guys. The best EDR solutions identify signals in all the noise, alert humans about malicious activities, and make it easy for them to take action.
Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA

XDR Market Challenges

XDR may succeed but XDR vendors face deployment challenges and competition on several fronts.

My colleague Dave Gruber and I are all over this new concept called XDR. Just what is this new acronym all about? In a recent CSO Online blog, I defined XDR as:

An integrated suite of security products spanning hybrid IT architectures, designed to interoperate and coordinate on threat prevention, detection, and response. XDR unifies control points, security telemetry, analytics, and operations into one enterprise system.

Hmm, sounds interesting but is there a market for yet another type of security product?

Topics: Cybersecurity

SOAPA Discussion On EDR and XDR With Jon Oltsik and Dave Gruber (Video), Part 3

My colleague Dave Gruber is such a great guest that I invited him back for an unparalleled SOAPA video part 3. In our final installment, Dave and I talk about:

Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA

SOAPA Discussion On EDR and XDR with Jon Oltsik and Dave Gruber (Video) Part 2

In part 2 of our SOAPA video, I welcome back my astute colleague, Dave Gruber. The conversation turns to XDR, a market segment that Dave and I collaborate on. I ask Dave about:

  • The definition of XDR. It’s a nebulous industry term but Dave nails it by explaining that XDR is a method for bringing controls together to improve security telemetry collection, correlation, contextualization, and analytics. There’s also an operational side of XDR to help coordinate response and remediation across multiple controls simultaneously.
Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA XDR

10 Security Changes Post-COVID-19

Back in March, I heard from several CISOs about how COVID-19 was disrupting their cybersecurity programs and changing their priorities. A few weeks later, I connected with some CISO friends, and got an update on phase 2 of their pandemic journeys.

While no one knows when the coronavirus impact will end, we are getting a good perspective on what the new normal will look like. Here are ten changes I anticipate (in no particular order):

Topics: Cybersecurity COVID-19 Tech Effect

SOAPA Discussion on EDR and XDR With Jon Oltsik and Dave Gruber (Video) Part 1

The SOAPA video series has featured a series of prolific industry beacons representing leading security operations technology vendors. That will continue, but I thought I’d shake up the format a bit by inviting my colleague and friend, Dave Gruber, to participate. 

Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA XDR

SOAPA Interview With Hugh Njemanze of Anomali, Part 2

It’s great to be back with the SOAPA video series, albeit in a remote format. Nevertheless, I was excited to interview Hugh Njemanze, CEO of Anomali, a leading threat intelligence platform (TIP). In part 2 of our video, Hugh and I yak about:

Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA

SOAPA Interview With Hugh Njemanze of Anomali, Part 1

The SOAPA video series is back! In this global pandemic edition, I speak with Hugh Njemanze, CEO of Anomali, a leading threat intelligence platform (TIP). In part 1 of my chat with Hugh, we discuss:

  • Security operations difficulties. ESG research indicates that 63% of organizations claim that security operations are more difficult than they were 2 years ago. Hugh agrees and believes these difficulties are related to the breadth of tools and practices that are creating visibility and process gaps.
Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA

Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Management: Now More Than Ever

I heard some alarming new statistics from IBM security this week. With COVID-19 as a backdrop, cyber-attacks are up 14,000% led by a spike in ransomware. IBM also revealed a 6000% increase in spam, as hackers social-engineer nervous users with fictitious coronavirus news and miracle cures. Other firms like DomainTools, FireEye, and Palo Alto Networks have reported similar data. Yikes!

Topics: Cybersecurity COVID-19 Tech Effect