A People-First
Security
Perspective

The Shifting
Cyber
Landscape

Through
Forward Thinking
Comes Progress

Forcepoint

The Shifting
Cyber Landscape

Beyond increasing security spend and worsening outcomes, every new advancement in technology brings additional challenges. In a recent survey, Forcepoint asked IT professionals to list all of the different devices and storage media their organizations use to access or store critical data. In that survey, private cloud was mentioned nearly half of the time (49%), followed closely by BYOD devices (28%), removable media (25%) and public cloud (21%)—clearly supporting the notion that critical business data and intellectual property are too stratified to be secured efficiently. The mobile worker travels the world carrying a BYOD device with a blend of personal and business data. This alone causes concern among more than 75% of security professionals today.

As an industry, we have had what cognitive scientists call a “confirmation bias” toward solving our security problems by adding more technology; even the most esteemed experts have a very difficult time looking beyond the solutions they’ve helped design. This thought process is why we find ourselves stuck in a cycle of developing point products to address new waves of threats.

It’s time to subvert the dominant paradigm and move from a technology-led perspective to one that recognizes human behavior is at the center of the security equation.

Forcepoint CEO Matt Moynahan: Protecting People and Content from Threats Already on the Inside

Forcepoint protects the human point - where data is most valuable and most vulnerable

Matt is interviewed by Sean Sposito, Assistant Director, Content Strategy, Christian Science Monitor at RSAC

Through Forward Thinking Comes Progress A People-First Security Perspective
Forcepoint

A People-First
Security Perspective

Threats continually evolve and technologies come and go, but people are the constant. People are at the center of today’s most publicized security incidents. A worldwide Information Security Forum survey found that the majority of disastrous breaches came from accidental or inadvertent behaviors by good employees, with no intention of harming their organization.

The human point of interaction between people, critical data and intellectual property—where technology is most enabling and security is most vulnerable—can undermine even the most comprehensively-designed cybersecurity systems in a single malicious or unintentional act. Focusing our efforts on protecting the cyber behaviors resulting from human interaction with information technology and critical data is an opportunity to make a profound impact on security and safeguard our critical data and intellectual property, while maximizing our investments.

Protecting the human point is both Forcepoint’s vision and the focus of our products.

Forcepoint CEO Matt Moynahan: Protecting People and Content from Threats Already on the Inside

Forcepoint protects the human point - where data is most valuable and most vulnerable

Matt is interviewed by Sean Sposito, Assistant Director, Content Strategy, Christian Science Monitor at RSAC

The Shifting Cyber Landscape Through Forward Thinking Comes Progress
Forcepoint

Through Forward Thinking
Comes Progress

This is not a problem that can be solved with existing technologies or new techniques like big data. A big data approach is simply treating the symptom. Rather than a big data problem, we have a small data problem: the need to understand human intent at the precise point where we interact with critical data and intellectual property. This approach is one that asks the question of intention when an employee uploads files from the network to a thumb drive. Which behaviors qualify the sending of sensitive data off the network as productive and, conversely, which make it a high risk action? Our understanding of user intent is the determining factor necessary to distinguish an employee making an honest mistake from a malicious insider or a user who’s been compromised.

By understanding users and the intention of their behaviors, we can truly stop the bad and free the good—stopping bad cyber activity while allowing people to do good work that changes the world.

Protecting the human point is both Forcepoint’s vision and the focus of our products.

Forcepoint CEO Matt Moynahan: Protecting People and Content from Threats Already on the Inside

Forcepoint protects the human point - where data is most valuable and most vulnerable

Matt is interviewed by Sean Sposito, Assistant Director, Content Strategy, Christian Science Monitor at RSAC

The Shifting Cyber Landscape A People-First Security Perspective