Understanding The Ever-Changing Security Landscape

By on Jul 08, 2014

Since starting my career at McAfee in 2002, I have seen so many changes within the company and the security industry at large. New technologies have transformed the relationship between enterprises, their employees, and their critical systems—for better or for worse. And in my role overseeing McAfee’s Security Management business, I have had the opportunity to be at the ground floor with each new milestone. Working with my team and partners to drive innovation and worldwide growth for this area of the business, I have had a front seat to these changes and how they have impacted our customers and partners. Some of the most notable changes have been around the Mobile and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) industries, with McAfee spearheading the services built to address each new threat.

When I began working with McAfee customers to develop their SIEM solutions 12 years ago, it served as more of a box to check rather than an essential tool for fighting cybercrime. SIEM used to be synonymous with log management and was only really implemented for security audit purposes. That isn’t the case anymore and many organizations are using SIEM solutions to better secure their networks and meet compliance mandates within the confines of tight security budgets and limited resources.

Today, Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) and zero-day exploits alone have made the monitoring and management capabilities that SIEM provides a necessity. Companies can use the valuable information provided to take action on anomalies and prepare against new attacks. As SIEM adoption becomes more widespread, from enterprises down to small and medium-sized businesses, having that information work in tandem with other security systems will be crucial to managing risk.

Much like SIEM, the Mobile space has also changed drastically—going from disparate devices and management to an interconnected system with the rapid adoption of smartphones, tablets, wearables, smart sensors, etc. Previously, PDA protection was the only mobile security needed, but now that devices of all forms and operating systems can connect to enterprise applications and data, increased visibility is crucial. IT teams must be able to see what devices are accessing the enterprise and what they are doing with corporate data on and off the network in order to prevent mission critical information from being compromised.

McAfee has been there since the beginning of these paradigm shifts, providing advanced security platforms that extend to every endpoint available today. Previously, SIEM and Mobile did not have much in common, but the information that each provides linked together through the McAfee Security Connected framework can have a huge impact on our customers’ security today and into the future.

I am excited to take on this new task, in upcoming blogs, to explore how unified solutions can help businesses defend against ever-changing cyber threats, as well as key trends related to SIEM, Risk Management, Vulnerability Management, Policy Compliance, Mobility with Internet of Things (IoT), and Security-as-a-Service.

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