Las Vegas: The head of RSA has issued a scathing assessment of the enterprise security state, which asserts that vendors are falling woefully short of securing their clients.
Speaking at parent company EMC's annual partner conference, Art Coviello said that the inability of traditional approaches to enterprise security were failing to stop emerging threats and leaving customers, in Coviello's own words, "angry and confused" about the threat landscape.
"We have to change the models," Coviello told convention-goers. "We have had a model where we had to be reactive and protect the perimeter. The perimeter does not exist any more."
The RSA chief executive said that rather than relying on traditional protections such as antivirus and intrusion prevention systems, firms need to take a more analytical approach, catching potential threats ahead of time rather than attempting to defend systems that attackers have already compromised.
Such calls for improved security have been sounded before. The 2013 RSA conference brought numerous proposals for the integration of big data fields into the security space as vendors laid out their vision for new analytics platforms.
As customers increasingly find themselves falling victim to malware attacks and advanced persistent threats, however, Coviello believes that analytics tools should be integrated as soon as possible to prevent attacks from reaching a reactive layer that is proving to be increasingly ineffective.
"We should never stop trying to educate people about risk, but more and more of security is going to be about protecting consumers from themselves. I have never seen our customers more angry and confused than they are now and it is a combination of the increase in attack surface as well as these threats," Coviello said.
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