6 Big Security Trends from RSA Conference
For 25 years, the world’s leading cybersecurity professionals have gathered for the RSA Conference—and this year seemed bigger than ever in San Francisco. We had a great time exhibiting at RSA Conference 2016; but we realize you may not have been able to make the trip to California to meet with us.
For those of you who missed RSA Conference 2016, we’ve compiled 6 of the key trends and insights we came across during our time at the show.
1. Gaps in Standard Cybersecurity Measures
According to Brett Hansen, Executive Director of Data Security Solutions at Dell, “The problem is the approach these companies are taking [to cybersecurity]. They’re using signature-based malware. That’s like relying on me catching the first guy and putting out a cure so no one else gets sick. This made sense ten years ago when we were talking about hundreds of pieces of malware. But 240,000 pieces of malware everyday—you can’t keep up with that. You have to move away from signature-based malware and get underneath these attacks.”
At this year’s RSA Conference, cybersecurity vendors made a point of addressing the failures of outdated measures and presented advanced solutions for more proactive defense.
2. Cybersecurity Budgeting Must Become More Effective:
Chris Richter, VP of Global Security Architecture and Engineering at Level3, had this to say about the current state of cybersecurity: “As a whole, I think organizations are spending too much on security. It’s getting to the point where it’s hurting companies’ bottom lines because they’re investing so much in security. Level3 wants to increase efficiency, improve simplicity and reduce the costs of security by moving the traditional security controls onto the backbone itself.”
This sentiment rang true throughout RSA conference 2016. There’s a movement to take security control into the SDN and NFV space for greater scalability and, eventually, greater cost effectiveness.
3. Analytics Is Becoming a Buzzword:
As SecurityWeek noted, there are so many companies stressing the importance of analytics—but everyone defines the term differently and delivers metrics differently. There’s room in the market to create analytics solutions that are more comprehensive and valuable if vendors can avoid using analytics as a buzzword.
Closely connected to this trend is the idea that the cybersecurity market is setting up for consolidation. As vendors offer increasingly niche solutions, the cybersecurity market is growing saturated with features rather than products. The market will consolidate the sprawling buzzwords into more comprehensive solutions.
4. Security as a Means (Not Hindrance) to Innovation:
Chris Eng, Vice President of Research at Veracode, commented on security’s place in DevOps: “There’s this historical belief that it’s impossible for security and development to get along, that they’ll always be at each other’s throats. And that’s not true. There are ways for security and development to speak the same language, work together and have incremental improvements. That’s what I’m hearing a lot about. Ways to do that better so that security doesn’t slow down innovation, but enables innovation instead.”
5. Too Many Non-Mainstream Security Solutions:
Gartner analyst, Anton Chuvakin, noticed that many security tools have been focused on “the security 1%-ers”—those companies with highly experienced teams that already operate numerous cybersecurity solutions. The market is ripe for a solution that is more mainstream.
6. Shifting Focus from Technology to People:
According to Trevor Hawthorn, CTO of Wombat Security, “The industry has responded to security issues and risk traditionally through purely technology solutions. I think what a lot of people are realizing is that as those technology solutions have become more effective at eliminating risk, they have pushed attackers to go after end users more.”
For Wombat Security and other cybersecurity vendors, employee training and protection has become just as important as perimeter network defense.
ECI at RSA Conference 2016
Amidst all of the excitement of the RSA conference 2016, we were exhibiting our LightSEC™ solution for holistic threat views. We understand the disaggregation issues in the current cybersecurity market and have worked to create comprehensive, mainstream answer to those common issues everyone faces. Moreover, our LightSEC-V provides big data analytics to make you more effective when combating attacks. All on our flexible NFV platform that grows and adapts with you.
If you want to learn more about our LightSEC suite of cybersecurity solutions, contact ECI today!
Topics: Cyber Security