Why a Network Appliance-Only Defense is a Costly Failure (RSA 2016)

Guest blog by David Spark, Spark Media Solutions

“The less segmentation you have the easier you’re giving the path of least resistance to the malicious hacker,” said Bill Brenner(@billbrenner70), Senior Tech Writer, Akamai Technologies, in our conversation at the 2016 RSA Conference in San Francisco.

Don’t fool yourself into believing an array of network appliances are going to solve your problem, warned Dave Lewis (@gattaca), Global Security Advocate, Akamai: “You can drop in all the boxes with blinky lights you want. If you don’t tune them and set them up properly you’re just going to be back where you started and you’re just going to have a sunk cost on capital.”

“The simplest problem for years now is poor configuration. Companies buy all the walls but they’re haphazardly plugged together and it really is a full time job to keep it updated because things change on the network all the time,” added Brenner.

Lewis concluded with the advice to just be wary about participating in the mad rush to the cloud. If you don’t have all your security and encryption policies in place, all those wonderful cloud benefits could prove to be detrimental.

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