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The New Security Reality

Apr. 10, 2018 4:22 PM ETINTC, AMD10 Comments
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Bob O'Donnell

On the eve of next week's RSA conference, it's worthwhile to take a step back to reconsider what security means in today's tech world. While the show has traditionally concentrated on cybersecurity threats, in an age of YouTube campus shootings, autonomous automobile-related deaths, and nation/state-driven, influence-peddling social media campaigns, the conversations at this year's show are likely to be much more wide-ranging.

Admittedly, it's not realistic to think that all the major issues driving these new kinds of threats can be addressed in a single conference. Nevertheless, the reality of these threats dramatically highlights both the depth of influence that technology now has regarding all forms of security, and just how far the tech world has reached into more traditional physical and political notions of security. Tech-related security issues now affect everything and everyone in some way or other.

In light of this new perspective, it's also important to rethink how tech-related security challenges get addressed. While individual company efforts will clearly continue to be important, it's also clear now that the only way to effectively tackle these kinds of big issues is through cooperation among many players.

In the past, many companies have been reluctant to share the security issues impacting them for fear of being seen as naïve or unprepared. With large scale brand trust concerns at stake, as well as the egos and reputations of many proud security professionals, perhaps it wasn't surprising to see these kinds of reactions.

Today, however, the simple fact is that every company of any size is getting digitally attacked on a daily basis in some form or another, and a huge percentage of companies have had at least some type of security compromise impact them - whether they've admitted it or not.

Given this troubling, but realistic, landscape, it's time for companies to more

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Bob O’Donnell is the founder and chief analyst of TECHnalysis Research, LLC a technology consulting and market research firm that provides strategic consulting and market research services to the technology industry and professional financial community. You can follow him on Twitter @bobodtech.

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