Richard Henderson, Absolute’s global security strategist, sat down with Ken Hess and Preston Smith from SecurityNOW not long ago for a podcast about Enterprise Security Trends. Here’s a summary of hot topics – from two-factor and continuous authentication to malware and security spending…
Risks facing today’s enterprises
Passionate about network security in general, Richard touches not only on Absolute’s technologies and strategies for protecting enterprises from threats, but also his insights on the trends in risks facing enterprises.
Security spending on the rise
Gartner estimates that enterprise security spending will rise to more than $100 billion by 2019. Despite that, enterprises are nonetheless getting “money shy” when it comes to adding to their security stacks, recognizing that the best solution is not always the top right one in the Gartner quadrant. Richard’s thoughts on the matter echo those of Forrester analyst Chris Sherman, who noted that adding more security layers doesn’t necessarily reduce corporate risk if you have no way to ensure the health and efficacy of each layer.
“There’s a push away from companies focusing on best-of-breed technologies. At the end of the day, there are only so many people who can run these products and know how to use these products and can be trained on them… if they’re not using [these tools] effectively, it’s just as useless as not having anything.”
Malware and other rising threats
Richard also talked about many other rising threats in enterprise security, including malware. As he notes in the podcast, we think that Absolute’s Persistence technology, already embedded in more than 1 billion endpoint devices, and our new Application Persistence product have an unparalleled position in identifying and remediating the security threats facing enterprises today. Richard gives one prime example about how Application Persistence can shut down malware:
“A lot of malware out there, when it executes, it will try to de-activate your anti-virus. We can provide enterprises with the ability to ensure that anti-virus stays on the device. Our BIOS-level technology will go out to the Cloud, fetch a new version (a known, good version of that anti-virus) and put it back on that device.”
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