An IT Manager’s (Re)View of the RSA Conference

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It is no secret that modern applications and infrastructures are hard to secure. The wide-scale embracement of artificial intelligence (AI) offers both opportunities to make matters worse (due to the new infrastructure it requires) and the potential to improve the situation. That is an IT-centric takeaway from last week’s RSA Conference in San Francisco. Specifically, keynote speeches, multiple sessions, and numerous vendor product introductions at the conference address these issues.

So, what exactly is the problem? The move from monolithic, on-premises apps and networks to today’s distributed, microservices-based apps running in data centers and on multiple public and private clouds has increased the number and types of vulnerabilities and given malicious actors more conduits to attack enterprises.

Those points were raised in the “Securing Modern Applications” keynote address by Boaz Gelbord, Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer at Akamai. He noted that the modern enterprise is complex and runs more than 1,061 apps on average.

“We rely on applications to run our world, but they have also introduced vulnerabilities that multiply as we become more connected,” said Gelbord. “Further, the rise of APIs, bots, and new DDoS tactics creates a difficult landscape.”

He used Akamai as an example to put the scope of

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