Hotter than hot: Why security intelligence should be top of mind for everyone- not just the IT department
Melissa Stevens 270005B76W MELISSAS@US.IBM.COM | | Tags:  cloud-security csuite cloud mobile ibminterconnect ciso security-intelligence
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Did you know that 92% of breached organizations don’t know they’ve been breached?
I follow a lot of security industry news, so it’s no surprise to me that every morning I see alerts of new breaches, vulnerabilities and “hacktivist” style threats. But what does surprise me is the impact this news is having in traditional news streams. Thanks to groups like Anonymous and Lulzsec, multiple high profile breaches, and new malware threats appearing all the time (think Stuxnet, Duqu and Flame), people everywhere – and especially those outside of IT, such as CEOs and boards of directors – are finally talking about cybersecurity and the roles we all should play in preventing loss of corporate intellectual property, defending against targeted attacks and APTs, and thwarting insider threats. At the same time, businesses are clamoring to embrace innovative new technologies like mobile and cloud – which leads to increased opportunity but also increased risk.
Why does security intelligence matter?
This coming fall, IBM is hosting an event in Singapore, designed to help business leaders turn “opportunities into outcomes.” What does this mean? At Interconnect 2012, IBM wants to help connect the dots between business functions across the organization, driving towards smarter business operations, and of course, a smarter planet. Security Intelligence is an integral part of this event because the knowledge that drives such intelligence is produced from data collected from users, applications and servers, network security devices and other parts of the IT infrastructure across the entire enterprise. It’s hard to imagine that there might be meaningful security data coming from your thermostat, but trust me (and this victim) there is!
But this topic goes beyond security and is a conversation starter for leaders across the organization. If you’ve ever stopped to think about the cost of securing your organization, that certainly brings the conversation outside of the IT corridors. And, if you’ve ever considered the impact a breach or loss of data has had on an organization, particularly its customer base and brand value, the c-suite should be banging down your door! There are ways security intelligence can help streamline the operations of a business, reducing the amount of manual work required with automated and intelligent solutions. Security intelligence also helps move an organization from reactive to proactive, by pinpointing risks and vulnerabilities before they become problems and allowing you to automate policy enforcement without requiring additional man power. Finally, security intelligence also makes the demonstration of compliance much less of a burden because it consolidates data sources and makes it easier to report and show adherence to regulations and policies.
Join us this October 9-11 at InterConnect in Singapore for an opportunity to explore this topic further. Brendan Hannigan, General Manager, IBM Security and Kris Lovejoy, former CISO of IBM Security and now General Manager of IBM Security Services, will be presenting in a hot topic session, “Defending against cyber-threats with security intelligence & behavioral analytics”. This session will include feedback from actual customers sharing their experiences securing diverse, highly sensitive and regulated environments and addressing today’s IT challenges created by BYOD, mobile and cloud trends. They will also discuss the new and constantly evolving role of the CISO and give insight into how IBM runs its own security organization by keeping senior management actively involved along the way.
You can stay connected with us prior to, during and after the event by following us on Twitter @IBMSecurity or joining our LinkedIn Group. And, to become an active part of the security conversation, be sure to register at the Institute for Advanced Security, where security leaders across the globe are sharing the best practices they’re adopting to better protect themselves as their companies adapt to IT trends like cloud and mobile computing. You’ll gain access to videos, blogs and exclusive webinars focused on key issues concerning security professionals.
Hope to see you at Interconnect this fall, and look forward to continuing this conversation as we get closer to the event.