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