Advanced SOC Operations / CSOC , Incident & Breach Response , Security Operations

Why Choosing a Security Solution Is Getting Tougher

Trend Micro CTO Raimund Genes Shares Insights on the Evolving Security Industry
Why Choosing a Security Solution Is Getting Tougher
Raimund Genes of Trend Micro

The surge in data breaches and the pervasiveness of malware, especially ransomware, has led to a surge in security technology startup firms, which makes it much tougher for CISOs to choose the right business partners in the overcrowded marketplace, argues Raimund Genes, CTO at Trend Micro.

"There are so many startup security vendors ... It shows you that IT security is red hot, so everybody's investing into it," he says in part one of a two-part interview with Information Security Media Group.

"Looking at the IT security industry, it must be really [difficult] for customers to choose and pick the right solutions, because there is so much noise out there. There are so many one-trick pony companies trying to sell you a silver bullet, the question is, how long will these companies be around?"

Genes points out that five years ago, in response to the growth in mobile devices, more than 150 mobile device management systems were launched. "Not many are around anymore. And I think it will be the same [for infosec vendors]." (See: Moving Beyond the Buzzwords)

Genes predicts, however, that machine learning and big data analytics will prove to have staying power in the continuing fight against malware. Automated forensics tools that gather threat intelligence will also be among the more useful techonologies, he argues.

When it comes to information security products, he says, "We are in a phase of evolution; we're not in a revolution phase any more. You have to choose and pick the right tools for your job."

With the many technology innovations at hand in the IT domain, some organizations have missed basic security principles and controls, Genes says. Enterprise IT security may not be adapting itself to the changing security landscape as fast as the situation demands, he contends.

In this interview (see audio player link below image), Genes also discusses:

  • Key developments the threat landscape since 2015 (see: Targeted Attacks Becoming the Norm);
  • The appropriate use of whitelisting and backlisting of applications;
  • The importance of change management for information security;
  • The impact of the global shortage of cybersecurity professionals.

Genes has more than 30 years of computer and network security experience. As CTO at Trend Micro, he is responsible for working with a team of researchers to introduce new methods to detect and eradicate threats and to predict movements in the digital underground.

In part two of this interview, Genes addresses remediating ransomware, and the recent VirusTotal standoff (see: VirusTotal Move Stirs Conflict in Anti-Virus Market).

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