Sy­man­tec’s San­jay Ro­hatgi on Keep­ing Data Safe in an Al­ways-On World

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In to­day’s com­plex and rapidly chang­ing threat en­vi­ron­ment, in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity pro­fes­sion­als are fac­ing in­creas­ing num­ber of se­cu­rity breaches than ever be­fore. A trend ob­served this year was the in­crease in se­cu­rity threats in small and medi­um­sized or­ga­ni­za­tions. About 60 per­cent of all tar­geted at­tacks struck small and medi­um­sized or­ga­ni­za­tions glob­ally, since these or­ga­ni­za­tions of­ten have fewer re­sources to in­vest in se­cu­rity. Many are still not adopt­ing ba­sic best prac­tices like block­ing ex­e­cutable files and screen­saver email at­tach­ments.

While em­ploy­ees pre­vi­ously left their data at work, they are now trav­el­ing the world with ac­cess to cor­po­rate data any­where, any­time. As the pop­u­lar­ity of smart­phones ex­ploded in the last five years, IT de­part­ments have learned to deal with the trend of ‘Bring Your Own De­vice’. But to­day, it is no longer just about the de­vice, but also about ‘Bring Your Own Ap­pli­ca­tion’ and ‘Bring Your Own Cloud’ into the work­place.

“With per­sonal de­vices and cloud ap­pli­ca­tions now be­ing used to ac­cess cor­po­rate email, cal­en­dars, ap­pli­ca­tions and data; many or­ga­ni­za­tions are strug­gling with how to fully de­fine the im­pact to their se­cu­rity pos­ture and es­tab­lish ac­cept­able pro­ce­dures and sup­port mod­els that bal­ance both their em­ploy­ees’ needs and their se­cu­rity con­cerns. Com­pa­nies are manag­ing up to 75 point prod­ucts, re­sult­ing in too many alerts and false pos­i­tives to deal with. Most at­tacks go un­de­tected be­cause to­day’s se­cu­rity prod­ucts are not in­te­grated across all three con­trol points: end­point, net­work, email,” said San­jay Ro­hatgi, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Asia Pa­cific and Ja­pan, Sy­man­tec.

He con­cluded that what com­pa­nies can do to bet­ter pro­tect them­selves and their cus­tomers’ sen­si­tive data from se­cu­rity threats is to uncover ad­vanced threats, pri­or­i­tize what mat­ters, re­me­di­ate fast, and lever­age ex­ist­ing in­vest­ments. 128 HWM | M AY 2 0 1 6

San­jay Ro­hatgi, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Asia Pa­cific and Ja­pan, Sy­man­tec.

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