RSA Labs: Staying Secure Means Staying Relevant

It is common knowledge in the security space that the bad guys – hackers, cyber criminals, nation-state actors – are early adopters of technology and among the most nimble of adversaries. That has always provided an impetus to security companies to continue evolving their technology and even their mission. Job #1: keep up with – if not one step ahead of – the crooks.

But increasingly, security researchers find themselves battling on two fronts: staying ahead of the bad guys, and staying upright on a rapidly shifting terrain, as the embrace of cloud computing, microservice architectures and mobility transform the way companies conduct their business.

That was the message from Todd Morneau, the Principal Technologist at RSA Labs, the company’s research arm. The Labs’ job is to stay on top of what’s next in security and make sure that RSA is positioned to meet the needs of its customers today -and in the future.

That’s not an easy task, Morneau told me in an interview on the floor of RSA Conference. For example: the growing use of container technology like Kubernetes challenges the ability of legacy security tools to monitor the behavior and state of critical IT assets.

“It’s definitely a paradigm shift,” Morneau said. “It forces us to adapt to these new environments and maintain visibility and digest new pieces of information we’re getting,” he said.

In some cases, containers make things easier. For example, security tools like endpoint protection suites, network- or host-intrusion detection technology have historically had (Read more...)

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