Xerox CISO: How business should prepare for the future security threat landscape

Dr. Alissa Johnson promotes better information sharing, strong partnerships and a cognitive approach where technology can learn, analyze and execute.

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If you think about it from that perspective, a lot of times we focus, "Well, what is the new threat landscape going to be? How is this threat going to manifest itself?" Some may think nation states are really geared towards government. No, nation states are geared toward product manufacturers, as well. Anything to undersell or undercut a product, reduce the price--all those things play a role.

We focus on the threat landscape, but we should always be focused on raising our security baselines. We shouldn't wait for the threat landscape to change to move the baseline up. We find ourselves sometimes in a precarious situation where, "Oh my goodness, something has happened. Let me take a look," instead of, "Things are going well."

That's one of the things that Xerox is doing. We are looking at the baseline, and we're saying, "We're prepared for 2018," and saying, "OK, how do we want to raise our baseline now?" That's not just with security, but that's with technology. If technology is going to continue to evolve, security has to continue to evolve, as well.

How do you get ready for 2017 and beyond? You've got to continue to raise the security baseline. You can't do it every two years. Your security strategy can't be a four‑year strategy. I'm thinking a two‑year strategy, and a lot of times I think two years is too long. It has to constantly be revisited, and protection has to go across all layers. It has to go across data, applications, processes, and infrastructure. It has to be cohesive

This story, "Xerox CISO: How business should prepare for the future security threat landscape" was originally published by CSO.

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