The Second Wave of IT Security: How Today’s Leaders See the Future

As network security issues grew in the 1970s, and the 1980s brought the widespread use of the internet, the IT security profession expanded to address the malicious threats and innocent user mistakes of highly connected users and machines.

Today, the security industry is experiencing what could be called a renaissance of sorts. Security professionals are not some “geeks” working in isolation in dark, basement offices, but are key contributors to boardroom discussions about how security can enable the successful outcomes of a business. As technology usage grows in complexity and is the foundation of business innovation, IT security professionals are needed to both communicate the risks and to inspire and guide digital transformation and organizational growth.

Any look into the future of IT security requires a firm understanding of its history — how solutions have evolved, what’s worked and what’s failed and the growing infusion of technology into all aspects of business and life. That’s why we invited more than a dozen IT security leaders to provide insights into how the industry has evolved and, based on their deep experience and cutting-edge knowledge, where it is going.

Each of these leaders has a unique perspective and story to share. But what they all have in common is an intense curiosity of technology, a passion for security and an abundance of creativity to solve the challenges and threats seen and unseen.

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