Artificial intelligence can solve really old problems around data wrangling and data protection that are essential to many security investigations, said Norwest Ventures' Rama Sekhar. The VC firm is looking at emerging companies that use large language models to automatically clean up data.
Organizations must extend identity protection beyond employees to safeguard contractors, supply chain partners, software bots and intelligent devices, said SailPoint CEO Mark McClain. Businesses struggle to keep up with what applications or data non-employee or non-human identities need access to.
Companies have taken a hatchet to their "innovation budget" amid economic headwinds, making it difficult for startups to hit their sales projections, said Momentum Cyber's Dino Boukouris. Long sales cycles for early-stage startups have resulted in them burning through cash faster than anticipated.
Complexity has made it tough for organizations to be secure and efficient, which is driving many customers to look at vendor consolidation, said Palo Alto Networks President BJ Jenkins. Organizations that deploy a lot of point solutions are stuck finding a way to make all the products work together.
Thoma Bravo has agreed to spend $12 billion on three high-profile identity acquisitions to help with the transition from on-premises licenses to cloud-based subscriptions. Vendors in the space must expand their customer success organization and shift incentives for the salesforce, said Chip Virnig.
Organizations looking to adopt zero trust architectures are increasing pursuing service mesh rather than microsegmentation due to new innovations, said Ballistic Ventures General Partner Barmak Meftah. Microsegmentation excels at limiting the attack surface but comes with major overhead expense.
Offensive security is transitioning from traditional penetration testing to a more continuous, technology-led approach, says Aaron Shilts, president and CEO at NetSPI. The security posture of organizations is constantly changing, making a point-in-time pen test less effective.
The enterprise adoption of AI-based large language models has created a new attack surface for adversaries to exploit, said Thomvest Ventures principal Ashish Kakran. A hacker who gains access to or tampers with the data that's been used to train the large language models could wreak a lot of havoc.
IT and OT security are more different than most realize. IT focuses on digital systems and data, and OT concerns itself with physical systems and their interconnectivity, said Dragos CEO Robert Lee. The stark differences between IT and OT security are laid bare around vulnerability patching.
Continued reliance on legacy VPNs hinders remote work performance and fails to provide users or organizations with zero trust security protection, said Netskope's Sanjay Beri. Companies often start by augmenting their VPNs to enable zero trust network access before moving to full replacement.
Bots have become an important tool for modern cybercrime. A bot is used somewhere in the attack cycle in more than three-quarters of security incidents. HUMAN Security co-founder and CEO Tamer Hassan called account takeover "the gateway drug to all other forms of fraud and abuse."
CrowdStrike has focused on bringing its extended detection and response technology to users with less expensive devices such as Chromebooks by adding support for Google's ChromeOS. The pact will give CrowdStrike clients greater visibility into the security posture and compliance of ChromeOS devices.
A top challenge businesses face is the lack of knowledge about what digital assets they have, making it difficult to protect them, respond to attacks, and collect evidence. External threat intelligence and attack surface management are colliding as companies look to respond effectively to threats.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are used extensively for detecting threats, but their use in other areas of security operations is less explored. One of the biggest opportunities for AI and ML in cyber is around investigating potential security incidents, said Forrester's Allie Mellen.
Business email compromise, end-user education, forensic archiving and recovery can be confounding to SMBs that lack the resources for a traditional secure email gateway. The rise of cloud-based email offerings means that SMBs can now get the same level of email protection without using a gateway.