Intel Security Pitches Platform-Based Threat Defense Strategy
At the company's partner summit, officials build on the initiative to move away from point products in favor of a broader integrated effort.BOCA RATON, Fla.—Intel Security officials last year unveiled a shift in strategy in which the company was moving away from selling point security products and instead would focus on building out a platform approach that would better address that changing threat landscape. At a time when hackers are rapidly developing new attack methods and broadening what they're targeting, the industry is struggling with a significant shortfall of cyber-security professionals and organizations are now having to protect themselves and their data in the face of the emerging Internet of things (IoT), it's unrealistic to believe a collection of traditional point products would be enough to keep the threats at bay, according to Steve Grobman, Intel Fellow and CTO of Intel Security (pictured). Instead, what's needed is an agile platform of technologies that not only includes tools to defend the perimeter, but also to quickly detect when an attack is taking place, reduce the time between the attack and the detection, and to resolve the situation as quickly as possible to get the customer back to normal as quickly as possible, Grobman said. Organizations need to be able to address what company officials are calling the threat defense lifecycle. Grobman and other executives with Intel Security took the stage here May 11 during the first of the two-day Ascending 2016 Partner Summit to outline the work the company is doing as it pursues this new strategy and to convince the 200 channel partners at the event that the strategy will mean a better experience for their customers and better business for them and Intel.
"Point products will be point products," Raja Patel, vice president and general manager of corporate products at Intel Security, said during the show. "They will come and they will go. … The only way to get the best outcome is with this integrated approach."