Key takeaways from MPOWER 2018

Hands-Free Security episode 1

In early 2019, Swimlane is launching a new podcast titled Hands-Free Security. During each episode, Hands-Free Security provides a platform for security thought leaders and subject matter experts to have impactful discussions on a variety of topics, including security operations strategies, best practices, industry insights, and emerging technologies, such as security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR).

On the heels of MPOWER 2018 in Las Vegas, Swimlane Co-founder and CEO Cody Cornell and Vice President of Marketing Kevin Broughton sat down to reflect on McAfee’s iconic tradeshow and their key takeaways from the keynote speakers for the inaugural Hands-Free Security episode.

“The focus for McAfee is on their push to the cloud,” said Cornell. “Their big product announcement was around MVISION. If people are familiar with EPO—or e-policy orchestrator—they’re moving that to the cloud with the addition of their McAfee active response, which is their EDR capability.”

According to McAfee CEO and keynote speaker Chris Young, MVISION is a new innovation intended for “an integrated, open system from device to cloud.”

Throughout the episode, Cornell and Broughton discuss how MVISION is exciting for the security space and how cloud-based infrastructure poses new challenges for the industry. As they explain, this is where CASB (cloud access security broker) and a focus on data loss prevention within the cloud will be important aspects of MVISION moving forward.

Beyond McAfee’s product announcement, Cornell reflects on the rest of the tradeshow:

“I like to think we’re going through somewhat of a renaissance as it relates to user experience vs. security products both as a user as well as an administrator.” He continued, “As the world evolves from prevention to detection and response, you spend a lot more time as a user looking at that data and doing those investigations. The user experience—both from a user perspective and an administrator perspective—becomes much more important. It’s not just how can you configure the device to block what’s going to happen, but how do you actually interact with that data to do the investigation?”

Cornell concludes with his old security adage:

“Because we all live in a world where it’s not if, it’s when.”

This is not to be bleak but to encourage security professionals to think about both prevention and what’s going to happen to the environment if/when a bad actor compromises it.

For all of the insights from Cornell and Broughton, watch the 4-minute teaser video below, or listen to the inaugural Hands-Free Security episode.

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Swimlane authored by Ellyn Kirtley. Read the original post at: https://swimlane.com/blog/mpower-2018-takeaways/