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How About a Cyber Security Super Power like X-ray Vision or Hyper-Awareness?

How About a Cyber Security Super Power like X-ray Vision or Hyper-Awareness?

January 26, 2017 | Brooke Cook

IT security teams perform superhuman feats every day. Not only do they defend their organizations against a wide variety of constantly changing external threats, they must keep employees and partners safe from risky behavior. And we all know that protecting users from themselves is not a small effort. We asked IT security leaders which super power they would like to have to help them keep their organizations safer. 

In a previous blog, we revealed that the super powers many security leaders wanted were those that protected privileged access and identity and access management. Obviously, a good defense is the best offense when fighting the forces of cyber evil. But it’s also critical to be intimately familiar with every change that could affect your ability to defend your turf. So many IT security leaders also requested super powers related to x-ray vision and hyper-awareness.

Here’s what the security leaders we talked to said about how they would use super natural vision and awareness to protect their networks:

“For me, super powered vision. I need the clarity across all the space that I operate in (different organizations, different countries, different platforms, different landscapes, etc.). I want that super vision that superheroes have that allows you to see through walls and around coroners to see what’s really taking place.”
- Brent Phillips, Fortune 100 Financial

“Laser eyesight capable of seeing and managing all of my certificates and keys!”
-Shawn Irving, Michael’s Stores

“The ability to know who, where and how someone is going to attack us... before it happens! And a really cool "CAPE" with "SCISO" (Super CISO)”
-David Rooker, Actian

“You know the sound of the blue bug zapper lights? I’d like to have one of those that makes the same sound every time something malicious enters our network!”
-Gary Warzala, Fifth Third Bank

Apparently, the old adage “you can’t protect what you can’t see” really resonates with these leaders. X-ray vision gives these “Super CISOs” the power to expose cyber villains who attempt to hide in encrypted traffic. And the hyper-awareness to know the instant an attack happens gives them a distinct advantage in the fight against cyber crime.

We’d love to hear what kind of super power you’d like to have. Share it with us on Twitter and tag @Venafi, on LinkedIn or at the Venafi RSA booth N-3924.

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Brooke Cook
Brooke Cook

Brooke Cook writes for Venafi's blog and is an expert in machine identity protection.

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