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RSA 2019: 3 provocative ideas security professionals should be talking about right now

SAN FRANCISCO — VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger came out strong by saying that security companies have collectively failed their customers.

“We have not met up to the expectations of our customers, their spending rose on security and we still have an increased rate of breaches,” Gelsinger said. “We need to make radical steps, far beyond the incremental gains we’ve been making.”

Acknowledging that they are provocative, Gelsinger laid three things he said security executives should be thinking about right now:

Shannon Lietz, Director, Intuit agreed that reducing the attack surface is an important step.

“There’s a lot of awesome tech out there but we’ve gotten to a point where complexity is the enemy of security,” Lietz said. “With so many boxes and so much breakup it means that people and context cannot come together. For me that’s a flaming mess. We have to come up with a different approach.”  

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