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Super Powers Are Great. But Most Execs Just Want Stronger, Faster Cyber Security.

Super Powers Are Great. But Most Execs Just Want Stronger, Faster Cyber Security.

February 6, 2017 | Brooke Cook

Day in, day out, IT security teams perform superhuman feats every day. All behind the scenes. And often against all odds. When we asked IT security leaders which super power would help their teams defeat cyber crime, a good number wanted to level the playing field with stronger, faster firepower. 

Most of the security leaders that we surveyed wanted super powers that gave them more control over identity and access management, as we highlighted in a previous blog. We also learned that they would like superhuman visibility with super powers like x-ray vision and hyper-awareness. And now let’s take a look at other super powers that would allow security leaders to strike faster and hit harder. They came up with some very creative super powers that have the potential to change the cyber security game in unexpected ways.

“While it isn’t very sexy or exciting, I think that the super power I would like to have is the ability to make changes to assets in the blink of an eye. It could be changes, such as configuration for supported cryptographic algorithms, or rapidly changing out non-complaint keys and certificates in order to remove vulnerabilities and improve the risk profile of the environment.” 
-Steve Jordan, Wells Fargo

“I’d like the ability to draw quality security personnel and have them come to life.”
-Joe Filer, Harland-Clarke

“Keep my IOT crock pot from becoming part of a botnet. It interferes with my cooking schedule.”
-John Sioui, IBM

“I’d like the ability to get application, OS, and hardware manufacturers to take security seriously. Instead of focusing on the next ribbon or navbar, give us apps, OSes, and hardware that are truly resilient.”
-Anonymous

“I'd want my security super power to be getting the security budget I want now, without having to suffer a Yahoo level breach to get it.”
-Anonymous

These guys aren’t dreaming of wildly exaggerated cyber security innovations. They just want more. And they want it to work better. They’re looking for security that’s smart, strong, and fast—all traits of the best of super heroes. It doesn’t seem like so much to ask for. And at Venafi, we hear them loud and clear. We do one thing. And our customers tell us we do it pretty darn well. Come see our superhuman protection for keys and certificates at RSA 2017.  

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.

Not attending RSA? You can still picture yourself as a superhero. The first 50 people who upload their photos will be emailed a super hero avatar. Plus, you can enter to win a free VR headset. Find out how.” 

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Brooke Cook
Brooke Cook

Brooke is Director of Global CISO Community Engagement for Venafi. Her work involves building and expanding a global community of executive IT leaders of CIOs, CISOs, and Security Architectures from the Global 5000

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