Wayne Peterson, Chief Information Security Officer, Kroll Associates, Inc

To Prevent Attacks, Start with the Endpoints

  • Businesses today must first secure their endpoints in order to have the greatest chance of fending off attacks.
  • Once you have an endpoint-security strategy in place, you can optimize it with automated processes and smart data insights.

“Today your most critical vulnerability footprint, in my opinion, is your endpoints.”

Wayne Peterson considers it a top priority to identify and shut down attacks before they threaten the business. The first thing he did, both as CISO at Kroll and in his prior role at the US Secret Service, was to beef up and build out a robust incident-response team. When some of his colleagues asked why he was starting there, he responded that it takes time to make changes in an organization. “While you’re changing things and beefing up your security, you want to know that if something happens, it’s going to be early detection that keeps incidents small,” he says. “In today’s world every company has some type of incident, so you’re not really judged on whether or not you have an incident anymore. You’re judged on how you respond to an incident. Early detection and quick response are key to that.”

This is an excerpt from 32 Security Experts on Changing Endpoint Security. The eBook was generously sponsored by Carbon Black.

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