October - 2014 - issue > CXO View Point

Balance between the Tactics of Today and the Planning for Tomorrow

Manish Gupta
SVP-Products-FireEye, Inc
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Manish Gupta
Headquartered in Milpitas, CA, FireEye Inc, is a provider of products and services for detecting, preventing, and resolving advanced cybersecurity threats. The company has a market cap of $4.68 billion

The security industry has been going through a number of compelling changes. These changes have been the fruit of the constant struggle that people have been indulging in over the years. Whether in devising new strategies and tactics, in trying and building a better safer system around themselves or in dealing with relative challenges in terms of adaptation to evolve, it has been parallel ride with adversaries.

Recalling past decades, if one was to detect any threat on a device even after the first proportion of machines being infected, that was not such a bad scenario. The instamatic detection also meant that one could also shield the rest of the lot. But over the last few years with the internet becoming ubiquitous and with massive compute power on hands, the situation has led to information available at unimaginable grounds. For example, in countries like China people have gained more access to information through social media sites like facebook and LinkedIn as compared to an average person based in the US. This progress in technology has also been a prick in the eye scenario especially while information getting more transparent. This scenario has paved way for the attackers enabling them to create custom attacks in an organized way. With attackers having developed sophisticated tools and techniques, traditional security technologies which detected these attacks over time and created signatures have now become obsolete. The situation has now turned dogmatic with prior knowledge and information now becoming unworthy.

The question about Technology being good or bad, should rather lead us to a thought provoking aspect as to how do we use it. One of the prominent issues propping up in the world of security is to provide instantaneous information sharing to the customers spread across the geography. Cloud technology allows us to disseminate any information about the harmful elements to the nook and corner of the world and cloud helps us to do it very quickly and in a cost effective way. In addition, cloud has massive amount of data available, where companies for instance, Amazon, provides us with the luxury to get as many data as possible to have it analyzed, and with Big data techniques under rapid usage to analyze millions of objects, files and attachments that pose potential threats. Moreover, cloud techniques have become the preferred platforms upfront to perform these analysis.

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