Doctors sometimes make mistakes that harm the patient. Police often fail to protect and serve. When that happens, people rightly demand the failures be analyzed and fixed. But no one ever calls for the elimination of all doctors and police.
Why then, do some call for the end of antivirus and anti-malware when failures happen? It’s a question that has vexed us for a long time.
As the information security industry matures, we’re beginning to come to terms with the reality that there is no such thing as perfect prevention. Conventional wisdom in information assurance tells us to assemble best-of-breed network and endpoint components into arrays of controls that will provide some reasonable measure of defense in depth. While the practice is correct in its ingredients, the recipe is lacking.
Until now, unmediated coordination between protection at the physical or virtual network layer, and the endpoints that make up those networks, hasn’t been possible. IT and security professionals pay a price for this every day: missed cues that might have prevented or detected an attack; delays in responding to and mitigating a detected threat; an abundance of alerts with unknown relevance or outright irrelevance; and difficult, time-consuming investigations that often lead nowhere.
The missing recipe is synchronized security – enabling meaningful and contextual exchange of information between the familiar ingredients of endpoint and network protections.
A lot of people are talking about our new Sophos XG Firewall with Security Heartbeat™ and our vision of synchronized security. Our customers and partners, industry analysts, and the security press are talking about it. There’s a buzz in the air.
And with good reason. You hear phrases like “revolutionary,” “game changing” and “the next thing in next-gen.” Synchronized security is very big deal.
It took all of us at Sophos coming together to execute our strategy of synchronized security. But who better to talk about what synchronized security means for us, and the broader security industry, than those who set the vision and strategy that guide our company? The Sophos senior management team, led by our CEO Kris Hagerman, recently sat down to record their thoughts in a short video.