Whitepaper: 451 Research Pathfinder Report “The Time is Ripe for Proactive Security”

Brought to you by 451 Research and written by Scott Crawford, Research Director, this Pathfinder report provides insight into the industry opportunity for effective prepare-and-protect security programme, and the main hurdles that organisations need to overcome to shift their focus.

Learn more about the key obstacles to implementing an effective prepare-and-protect security programme including:
1. A profusion of tools and data that complicates an effective strategy.
2. Over-reliance on people to resolve security issues.
3. A ‘one size fits all’ mentality that leads to tools and processes insufficiently flexible to serve real-world people and processes.
4. Lopsided investments in reactive measures that too often result from these failures.

“The technology is available; the time to take action is now – before organisations become even more overwhelmed with what threats they may face tomorrow.”

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Whitepaper: 451 Research Pathfinder Report “The Time is Ripe for Proactive Security”
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Executive Summary

Security continues to be a high priority for organisations, with security budgets increasing each year. While other areas of technology can build for a specific and intended audience – enterprises, consumers and businesses seeking to capitalize on opportunity – security must also reckon with intelligent adversaries committed to disruption.

The more that defensive products and techniques advance to thwart bad actors, the more those actors develop new approaches to circumvent the latest advances in defense. The result is a technology arms race that continues unabated.

Throughout security’s evolution, ‘prepare and protect’ has consistently been a high priority. That is, history shows that maintaining tight control over the environment to limit the potential for abuse, close vulnerabilities and ward off threats is effective.

But achieving this ideal can be maddeningly frustrating, and organizations have been forced to acknowledge that some number of attacks will likely penetrate. Too often, this has led security to devolve into prioritizing a ‘monitor and respond’ approach when attacks evade defenses, and people have to be called upon to recognize and contain incidents and recover when the damage is done.

But ‘monitor and respond’ at the expense of ‘prepare and protect’ is a poor strategy from a security performance and cost standpoint. One of W. Edwards Deming’s business observations states that if it costs $1 to fix a quality issue before the product leaves the factory, it costs $10 to fix it in the warehouse after it leaves the factory, and then costs $100 to fix it once it reaches the customer.

The associated security principle is that preparedness before an incident is significantly less costly than incident recovery…

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