Can data breaches be stopped, really? This was the question posed by Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute, at the start of a panel discussion I attended at the RSA Conference last month. Experts on this panel seemed to agree on one answer – No.
The tongue-in-cheek response from James Christiansen, Evantix CEO and CISO, brought a room full of laughter when he said, “Yes, you just need to put the computer in a safe and bury it 30 feet underground.”
Jon Oltsik, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, equated the situation to the war on drugs, “Border control may be able to capture some on the borders, but the problem continues to escalate and keeps getting bigger.” John Townsend, Manager of Information Protection and Security, DTE Energy commented, “If we use the wall analogy, rather than having a brick fence what we now have is a chain link fence. While we have made some inroads, people are still not taking security seriously enough.”