Security Is a Journey, Not a Destination: Cybersecurity's Past, Present and Future

By Alix Pressley
Aug 9, 2021 12:00 PM ET

Originally published by Intelligent CISO

Security is a journey, not a destination. Between new technologies, emerging threats and seismic shifts in the cultural landscape, nothing stays static for long. In that spirit, we caught up with Scott Behm, Keysight Technologies’ Chief Information Security Officer, to get his take on leading enterprise security teams, how 2020 shook things up and what the future may have in store.

If we could rewind the clock two years, what could the IT world have done to better prepare for the diversity of risks offered by 2020?

2020 did indeed deliver the IT and cybersecurity community a diversity of trials and associated risks. Defending against increasingly sophisticated threat actors while addressing the people, process and technology challenges associated with enabling effective and secure remote work almost overnight has been interesting. On a positive note, we have all learned new ways to innovate and deliver. In some cases, we have yielded results even better than before. 

As they say, hindsight is 20/20. In 2020, the IT world has proven its resiliency — and overall done well at enabling organisations to get the job done under extreme circumstances. Many lessons were learned along the way and it most certainly wasn’t the same journey for all. Looking forward, a greater focus on scenario planning for unthinkable crises will help us better future-proof our institutions and interests.

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