Data Security’s Biggest Risk: Not Adapting to Digital

Craig Lawson
Craig Lawson
Rob McMillan
Rob McMillan

At first glance, security’s mission remains unchanged – keep the bad guys out. IT security is all about stopping the ransomware, hackers and state-sponsored cyberattacks, right? Craig Lawson is a data security analyst for Gartner:

“We have to deal with threat actors who behave malevolently, right? And then, how do you deal with that X factor, because they’re willing to invest and involve the same way other parts of the spectrum do that. But they’re always a tough one for us, because in a lot of respects we’re driven by external forces, not ones that are inside our control. Like, if you imagine other areas of IT, like Analytics and IT Operations, Virtualization and what not, they don’t have someone coming along and sticking a screwdriver in a power supply. We have that pretty well controlled. That’s not the case for us. So how do all this in the face of constant innovation from a wide range of threat actors that are coming at our digital businesses.”

In this Gartner ThinkCast conversation, Craig Lawson and his Gartner colleague Rob McMillan will explore the changing approach to data security, the most dangerous threats we now face, how to determine our appropriate level of risk, and the best ways to ensure we keep our organizations safe.

MEET THE EXPERTS

Craig Lawson

Craig Lawson is a Research Vice President with Gartner, focusing on network security, firewalls, web application firewalls (WAF), IPS, IDS, SIEM, log management, vulnerability management, advanced persistent threats (APT), vulnerability research, threat intelligence, managed security service providers (MSSP), cloud access security brokers (CASB) and cloud security.

Rob McMillan

Rob McMillan covers information and IT security topics such as strategic planning, security policy and governance, security incident response, risk management, and security metrics. He brings firsthand experience with nine years in the financial services industry at the executive level within one of the largest banks in the world. Prior to this, Mr. McMillan spent 12 years within the university sector, including nine years with specialist security incident response teams.

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