Gigamon Cybersecurity Summit: Key Takeaways and a Great Wall Street Journal Write‐Up

Last month’s successful Gigamon Cybersecurity Summit brought together some of the brightest minds in the field for a panel discussion on best practices and state of the industry at large. Panelists presented opposing opinions, making for a lively, thought‐provoking discussion.

A post‐summit write‐up by Adam Janofsky for the Wall Street Journal captures this tension between differing schools of thought. However, the article highlighted one key takeaway everyone seemed to agree on: Creating a secure environment ultimately comes down to employee behavior.

Some experts characterize employee training sessions and awareness campaigns as simply a “waste of time.” Yet others disagree. Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation P. W. Singer argues that such programs can reduce everyday mistakes. He illustrates his point with an analogy, saying: “If you were a doctor, what people would be hearing is don’t bother washing your hands, because it won’t stop you from getting cancer.”

Yet according to FireEye Chief Security Officer, Steven Booth, even those employees who do in fact go through training still fail phishing tests approximately 17 percent of the time. OK. So where does one find a common solution?

A Concerted Effort

The Wall Street Journal article cites companies that grapple with the problem each day – Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and FireEye, for example – and what emerges is a strategy of enforced standardization through a combination of efforts that include:

  • Training and awareness programs
  • Security models that prevent those who access the network from accessing other devices on the system
  • Identity management applications, such as Okta and Duo, that require employees to follow security best practices

Using such tactics in conjunction enables even nontechnical employees to behave in a secure manner. Read the full Wall Street Journal article here to learn more about the Gigamon Cybersecurity Summit and solutions you can implement today.

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