Endpoint, cloud, people key to future cyber security, says McAfee

Endpoint devices, the cloud and people will be the security control points of the future, according to the chief of security firm McAfee

Looking to the future of cyber security, endpoints will be redefined, becoming devices of many different kinds, predicts Chris Young, CEO of McAfee.

“Those devices will increasingly connect to applications that are running in the cloud, which will be the key control points for your cyber security architecture,” he told the opening session of the MPOWER Cybersecurity Summit in Las Vegas.

“Those will be the places where you will have to drive your most advanced security capabilities in future if you want to be successful.”

Young also predicted security operations will become a mandate and that getting the most out of those security operations will be critical for any organisation’s ability to deal with a cyber attack.

The next “bold prediction”, he said, is that organisations will increasingly harness automation and orchestration in security operations.

“Whether you have an SOC [security operations centre] or not, you have security operations, so you will have to optimise those through automation and orchestration, advanced analytics, and data science.

“We now have real proof points of data science methodologies being used to drive a better cyber security model and a better set of cyber security outcomes. That will become much less about the potential – it will be the norm in the future,” he said.

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