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CISO Shares Strategies For Surviving The Inevitability Of Attacks

Looping in application and network teams can help spot threats and attacks before they do harm.

Chief information security officer Jay Leek says today's reality that you can't stop all cyberattacks means security teams must double down on smarter detection of threats and attacks rather than the traditional approach of mainly trying to prevent them.

Leek, who is the CISO at financial services and asset management firm Blackstone, says the more you know about your attackers and their M.O., the better chance you have in thwarting any real damage. That entails three main mindset and strategic shifts that security pros need to make, he says, to handle threats and attacks today: better visibility into threats and attacks, better intelligence about them, and a planned response rather than merely reacting to the latest threat, vulnerability, or incident.

"The reality is that bad guys have much more time on their hands than we do," says Leek, who gave a presentation from the CISO's perspective here at Interop yesterday. "If you're focused on prevention and not much on detection, you are flying blind sometimes because you don't necessarily know where you're headed."

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