“ IoT is a giant leap in the world of technology ”

Tenable Network Security transforms security technology for the business needs of tomorrow through comprehensive solutions that provide continuous visibility and critical context, enabling decisive actions to protect one’s organization. Tenable eliminates blind spots, prioritizes threats, and reduces exposure and loss. In an interaction with Dataquest, Manoj Taskar, Country Manager at Tenable talks about the trends and network security of 2017, along with the effects of digital revolution, et al.

Q. What are the recent trends in application and network security that will dominate in the year 2017?

IoT (Internet of Things) is a new frontier and is transforming the way organizations have traditionally looked at network and application security. Gartner estimates that there will be 26 billion IoT devices by 2020. While it is a giant leap in the world of technology, the diverse and unclear environment of IoT often creates new vulnerability areas and requires continuous monitoring and new remediation tools. Device-level protection alone is going to be inadequate for enterprises. They will start to focus more on centralizing their security controls in a heterogeneous environment and implementing proper policy and process frameworks.

Q. What will be the effect of the digital revolution in the enterprise security domain?

Digitalization is another major driver for security in the coming days. Visibility to the enterprise infrastructure and its digital assets will be of utmost importance in the digital era. There is an increasing need to rapidly respond when a security breach occurs and this call for proactive measurement of security posture. Knowing your IT assets and security posture is thus a priority for today’s security practitioners. Compliance will be another driver for security in the digital enterprise.

Q. Can you mention a few concerns of CIOs and CISOs regarding their network security strategy? What role Tenable can play?

CIOs and CISOs are realizing the shortcomings of a traditional ‘layered-security’ approach. Multiple security tools and redundant solutions might give you an illusion that your network is secure; but this approach creates security gaps that attackers can easily exploit. It’s important to ensure that these tools must work together to deliver a holistic solution. Continuous visibility, contextual reference and decisive action are going to be critical for practitioners. Tenable helps CIOs and CISOs by providing complete visibility of the network and assets, and its vulnerabilities based on their business priorities.

Q. According to you, what are the three pillars of a security program in the emerging IT landscape?

Today’s digital enterprises are border-less, with data spread across the cloud, virtual systems, and mobile device. It is a highly distributed and ever-changing environment. Thus, building an integrated and holistic security program is a big challenge for CISOs. Visibility, Context (measure and report) and Assurance (continuous monitoring) are the new foundations for the future of security.

Q. Which are the key markets Tenable strives to address in India and how mature are these markets in adopting your cutting-edge solutions?

BFSI, telecom and healthcare are the key verticals for us in India. These market segments have fairly matured security practices and understand the value our solutions bring to the table. They are also highly governed by regulations which require cutting edge solutions like ours.

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