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The security industry needs to develop a coordinated system to fend off attacks in the same way air traffic control determines which planes can land safely.
The call for a cloud-based prevention system was made at the keynote of the RSA Conference in London this morning by the vendor's president Art Coviello and its COO Tom Heiser.
"The security industry does not have a system that integrates people, process and individual security controls that can be managed with the same kind of correlated, contextual and comprehensive view used by the aviation industry to guarantee the safety of our airways," said Coviello.
RSA's executives outlined a layered system of management and enforcement to prevent threats getting through to organisations.
The call for simplification in the way threats are combated comes against a background of ongoing security concerns customers are having about moving to cloud applications.
"Information security management needs to function as a system capable of effectively and efficiently managing our information infrastructures providing visibility, manageability and control across all three domains - physical, virtual and cloud," said Coviello.
"We need a system that enables us to close the gaps of protection and apply controls in a more holistic, systemic manner, centralising management not just for some vendor controls, but for all," he added.