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8/20/2019
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CISOs Struggle with Diminishing Tools to Protect Assets from Growing Threats

Most CISOs see the risk of cyberattacks growing and feel they're falling behind in their ability to fight back, a new survey finds.

More than 80% of CISOs think that the risk of cyberattacks is increasing — and nearly a quarter believe that the attackers' capabilities are outpacing their own, according to new research from Forbes in association with Fortinet. The reasons for the perceived disparity include shortages in budget and skilled professionals along with a threat attack surface that is quickly becoming larger and more sophisticated.

Artificial intelligence and increasing automation are among the tools CISOs are deploying to deal with increasing threat pressure while they work to increase their budgets and improve the training among security and IT staff to more adroitly deal with malicious activity.

Among the resources to be protected, customers' personally identifiable information (PII) is listed as most critical, with 36% of those responding saying that it's their primary concern. PII joins company intellectual property as assets CISOs say are at the top of the list of things to be protected — and the top of the list of assets criminals are most likely to target.

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8/21/2019 | 12:10:37 PM
Extending the life of security tools
It's true that tools are not keeping up with threats and scale brought by bad actors employing automation. 
It's also true that many tools in use today were designed for data centers and monolithic application architectures. The cloud, microservices, distributed and decentralized application architectures have radically changed both the playing field and the game for many of the tools and techniques out there. 

TLS 1.3 / TLS 1.2 with PFS renders MITM decryption unusable at worst and impractical at best. Tools that rely on decrypted packet traffic for inspection, detection and troubleshooting are out of luck when orgs are in the cloud and DevOps is pulling in 3rd party APIs from all over to create their next-gen apps. 

The best way to extend the life of those old tools is to keep delivering decrypted network traffic to them. An out-of-band decryption solution that uses symmetric key intercept (rather than relying on certs / pub / private keys) can continue to extend life of existing inspection, DLP, APT, DPI and monitoring tools. Of course, it's got to be able to run in the cloud, or an outpost or data center.
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