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RSA 2009: Act now before it is too late, security industry told

Warwick Ashford

Business is turning to bold new technologies to become stronger through recession, but the security industry must fall in step before it is too late.

In his keynote at the RSA Conference 2009 in San Francisco, Brian Truskowski, general manager of IBM's Internet Security Systems (ISS), told delegates the security industry was at a turning point.

Winners are positioning themselves for the impending recovery by building next-generation infrastructure around virtualisation, Web 2.0, mobile, wireless and cloud computing.

All of these present the industry with the opportunity to "recast security in a bold new light", to move from being a function that stops business activity to one that enables it, he said.

This demands change in the security industry, he said, which still tends to focus on specific threats and selling products instead of enabling smarter business.

Truskowski said now is the optimal time to build security into these technologies to enable businesses to embed security into these infrastructures and the processes they support.

"Change is all about risk, and if your infrastructure and processes effectively mitigate risk, you can effectively manage change," he said.

However, he warned it may already be too late to "defuse the ticking [security] time bomb" in mobile and wireless computing.

"Just as it was with the internet, security is largely an afterthought with mobile, and unless radical change happens, our Blackberries and iPhones are destined to be under the same assault as PCs are under," he said.

According to Truskowski, business will demand that the security suppliers deliver the expertise, technology and services required to enable boldness in the face of turbulent change.

"They will demand value for their security dollar, or they will not do business with us," he said.


 

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