• Press Release

    April 21, 2015

    Amit Yoran Calls for Security Industry to Throw Out Old Maps Chart New Course

    RSA President Says Legacy Mindsets Behind Industry’s Challenges; Proposes New Approach to Security to Navigate Advanced Threat Terrain

    Story Highlights

    • RSA President Amit Yoran says continuing challenges of the security industry are a mindset problem; not a technology problem
    • Yoran explains that any security approach based on predictable tools and even malware detection will fail against today's attack campaigns
    • Yoran lays out five recommendations to address industry’s shortcomings and better combat advanced threats
    • Download Video of the keynote and a copy of Yoran’s remarks

    RSA CONFERENCE 2015 – San Francisco, CA - April 21, 2015 -

    In front of a record number of computer security professionals attending RSA’s signature conference, Amit Yoran, president of RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC), challenged the industry to relinquish its legacy approaches to combatting cyber attacks; approaches that have failed but continue to give organizations a false sense of security.

    “2014 was yet another reminder that we are losing this contest,” Yoran said in his keynote remarks to more than 30,000 cyber industry executives. “The adversaries are out-maneuvering the industry … and winning by every measure.”

    He compared the industry’s current approach to a mindset stuck in the Dark Ages, whereby companies employ security strategies and solutions that no longer map to the business and threat environment we face. “To keep the barbarians away, we’re simply building taller castle walls and digging deeper moats. Taller walls won’t solve our problem.”

    Yoran argues that the industry continues to seek a technology solution to what is fundamentally a problem of strategic approach; that an iterative approach to improving our defensive strategy is incapable of beating threat actors who are able to evolve their tactics far faster than we can build new walls. Based on his decades of experience ranging from his time with the Department of Defense to his leadership today of one of the world’s leading security companies, Yoran outlined his vision for a path forward:

    • Stop Believing that Even Advanced Protections Are Sufficient
      “No matter how high or smart the walls, focused adversaries will find ways over, under, around, and through.” Many of the advanced attacks last year did not even use malware as a primary tactic.
    • Adopt a Deep and Pervasive Level of True Visibility Everywhere – from the Endpoint to the Cloud
      “We need pervasive and true visibility into our enterprise environments. You simply can’t do security today without the visibility of both continuous full packet capture and endpoint compromise assessment visibility.”
    • Identity and authentication matter more than ever
      “In a world with no perimeter and with fewer security anchor points, identity and authentication matter more than ever . . . At some point in [any successful attack] campaign, the abuse of identity is a stepping stone the attackers use to impose their will.”
    • External threat intelligence is a core capability
      “There are incredible sources for the right threat intelligence . . . [which] should be machine-readable and automated for increased speed and leverage. It should be operationalized into your security program and tailored to our organization’s assets and interests so that analysts can quickly address the threats that pose the most risk.&rdquo
    • Understand what matters most to your business and what is mission critical.
      “You must understand what matters to your business and what is mission critical. You have to . . . defend what’s important and defend it with everything you have.”

    Yoran noted that RSA, as a company, is re-aligning to map itself to this new paradigm. “As an industry, we are on a journey that will continue to evolve in the years to come through the efforts of all of us here today.” He continued, “We have sailed off the map, my friends. Sitting here and awaiting instructions isn’t an option. And neither is what we’ve been doing – continuing to sail on with our existing maps even though the world has changed.”

    Yoran concluded that many of the technologies exist to provide true visibility, proper threat intelligence and systems that help manage digital and business risk. “This is not a technology problem,” he said. “This is a mindset problem.”

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