Cybersecurity leaders and security teams are going through a tough phase. On one hand, cyberattacks are at an all-time high with 8.5 billion records breached in 2019 and ransomware attacks up 67 percent year-over-year in Q4 2019, according to the X-Force Threat Intelligence Index. On the other hand, security leaders are faced with the problem of security complexity. According to research by Forrester, the biggest problem security leaders have identified for their business is complexity.
I recently had an opportunity to chat about the complexity in today’s security landscape with Joseph Blankenship, vice president and research director at Forrester Research, and James Murphy, senior offering manager at IBM Security, during a webinar. The conversation began on a nostalgic note with Blankenship drawing an interesting comparison between security complexity and a practice called defragmentation.