APT and Intelligence-Driven Security

Blue Coat's Raghavan: Why Security Must Evolve
APT and Intelligence-Driven Security
Blue Coat's Venkat Raghavan

Organizations trying to combat advanced threats with existing security infrastructure may pay a price, says Blue Coat's Venkat Raghavan. A shift to a data and intelligence-driven architecture is an imperative.

"Nothing is immune in today's world - and APTs are an endemic problem that are here to stay," says Raghavan, senior vice president and head of research and development initiatives at security vendor Blue Coat. Strategies must evolve from being preventive to minimize time to detection in a "post-breach world," he says.

Social media, mobility and the cloud are fast becoming the growth paradigms that drive businesses. Add the APT variable, and the resultant change demands a commensurate evolution in organizations' security strategies, he says.

"While many security strategies and solutions evolved in a time before persistent threats and targeted attacks, they are being retrofitted and expected to rise to the challenges thrown by today's security landscape," Raghavan says. "Yesterday's security won't work for today's threats."

Raghavan is visiting India to speak about the emerging APT culture in maturing markets, as well as the key findings from Blue Coat's recently released Mobile Malware Report 2014.

In an exclusive interview with Information Security Media Group, Raghavan discusses:

  • The changes created by APT and social media, mobility and the cloud;
  • Strategies to minimize your exposure in a "post breach" world;
  • Key findings from Blue Coat's Mobile Malware Report;
  • Insights for Indian practitioners to counter emerging security concerns.

Raghavan has more than 22 years of experience in security solutions engineering. At Blue Coat, he leads product management and long-term research and development. Before joining Blue Coat in 2012, he held various roles at IBM - most recently as the director of engineering and development for IBM Security Solutions. Prior to IBM, Raghavan served as a director with Tivoli Software's security division and as a senior architect with Freddie Mac and the Harris Corporation.

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