With the big RSA security conference being held this week in San Francisco, much of the IT industry has its collective mind on cybersecurity. You should, too.
Sponsors of the big RSA show include some of the best-known names in tech: Cisco, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Symantec and others.
The talent at the conference is equally high-profile, including TV’s favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson; Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt; and “Late Night” host Seth Meyers, who’s set to give the closing keynote tomorrow afternoon.
Michael Dell, CEO and founder of Dell Technologies, was also an unscheduled guest speaker at RSA. He used the opportunity to point out the vital importance of cybersecurity to all IT solutions.
RSA also hosts many presentations by lesser-known but equally impressive industry experts. For example, Simon Johnson, program architect of Intel Security’s Software Guard Extensions (SGX), on Tuesday presented new components of the company’s strategy for data-center security.
The RSA conference, in partnership with tech blog TechCrunch, also awarded a Most Innovative Startup of the Year award. The award went to UnifyID, which supplies an ID authentication service that uses sensor data and machine learning to seamlessly authenticate users on more than 500 websites. The company claims its approach is 99.999 percent accurate.
Taking advantage of the week’s RSA-induced interest in security, Accenture today released the findings of its latest cybersec survey, which reached 2,000 enterprise security practitioners at organizations with annual revenue of at least $1 billion.
Accenture’s findings aren’t especially encouraging:
> Nearly three-quarters (73%) of respondents say they organizations cannot identify and fully protect their high-value assets and procedures.
> Only one in three (34%) respondents can monitor for threats to critical parts of their business.
> Fewer than one in 10 (9%) respondents have achieved high performance in more than 25 of 33 important cybersecurity capabilities identified by Accenture.
“Progress has not kept pace with the sophistication of highly motivated attackers,” says Accenture Security’s managing director, Kelly Bissell. “A new approach is clearly needed.”
Bissell is right. For solution providers offering innovative security solutions, there’s still plenty of work to do.