RSA chief executive Art Coviello kicked off his company's annual security conference by calling on vendors to change their approach to data security and management.
Coviello said that the 2011 outbreak of data breaches and targeted attacks showed enterprises that trying to prevent breaches and data loss at the perimeter level had become impossible.
"We need even more from security because quite frankly we are at serious risk of failing," Coviello said.
"Today's security models are just inadequate and with the current trends will become more so."
A large part of the soluition, said Coviello, was for firms to better communicate and collaborate on data collection and analysis.
The RSA chief suggested that the security world open up to the concept of big data, developing platforms which can collect, organise and manage data from multiple sources.
In doing so, Coviello believes that firms can not only better detect and block threats, but also mitigate ongoing attacks and limit the damage from data breaches and losses.
Coviello noted that his own firm was not immune from breaches. Last year, the company suffered a high-profile breach targeted at its SecureID platform.
"We hope that the attacks on us will strengthen the sense of urgency and resolve in everyone," he said.
"But the fact is that we are not alone. Never have we witnessed so many high-profile attacks in one year, never have the attacks been as targeted and never have so many sec firms been attacked directly."
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