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CTO Interview: The state of enterprise security

T.C. Seow | Dec. 11, 2014
If recent reports about security breaches happening around the world is any indication, enterprise security is becoming even more urgent a matter for CIOs and CSOs to focus on. Yet, there seems to be a lack of concerted effort to ensure better risk management all round. We speak to Michael Sentonas, global vice president and CTO for McAfee Security Connected on what need to be done to stay safe, not sorry.

Having a 'water-tight' system would be nice, but for every organisation there needs to be a balance between acceptable risk and what balance they will place on ease of use vs a locked down environment together with the balance of acceptable risk vs cost of security.

One of the biggest challenges during the last year of cyber-events is this: we've seen security solutions detect attacks in-progress but fail to communicate their discoveries with the rest of the enterprise. Enterprises failed to connect the dots on events in progress, and the attack campaigns went on for days, weeks, and even months. The cost of this inability to share and learn from real-time threat data was staggering.

Organisations must establish three sustainable advantages that together improve overall security by amplifying the collective capabilities of individual solutions. These include messaging, centralised inspection, and end-to-end threat intelligence.

Click here for McAfee's 2015 Threat Predictions Infographic.

 

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