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Former NSA Deputy Director Chris Inglis on the Technology of Combating Cyber Threats

Former NSA Deputy Director Chris Inglis on the Technology of Combating Cyber Threats

In this second video of a four-part series, Chris Inglis, former NSA deputy director and current Securonix advisory board chair, joins Securonix CEO Sachin Nayyar to discuss the evolution of technological capabilities to defend organizations against increasingly complex cyber attacks.

"We still defend the wrong thing at the wrong time and hold the wrong people accountable," says Inglis.

Background

Traditional security tools have focused on abstractions such as perimeters and endpoints, representations of things that don't really exist in today's interconnected ecosystem. They were not designed to protect the data we're actually trying to keep out of the hands of attackers. These tools have been marginally effective at defending against yesterday's attacks, those we already know are in the environment.

"If you're lucky, someone else experiences the attack first. If you're smart, you prepare for the first time it happens to you," says Inglis. "We cannot respond at the speed of yesterday. We need to understand what is happening today."

Inglis advocates for an industry-wide shift from security measures that focus on abstractions, to a renewed focus on data and behavior that is applied against that data.

"You need to have the analytics that actually understand data and behavior, and you need to do it in real time," argues Inglis. "A proactive defense focuses on anomalous behavior."

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