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Prevention vs detection in light of the cyber skills shortage

Sean Duca, Vice President & Regional Chief Security Officer for Asia Pacific, Palo Alto Networks | Sept. 23, 2015
One key strategy to help ease the shortage of skilled cyber personnel is to apply a prevention-based approach in the workplace.

A key strategy to help ease the shortage of skilled cyber personnel is to apply a prevention-based approach in the workplace. This approach means having cybersecurity systems that have the ability to identify both known and unknown threats and stop them in real time. Ultimately, cybersecurity systems should be able to differentiate between activity that is malicious and activity that is benign, and deliver a prevention notification to the security team.

With a prevention-based approach, majority of the decision-making process is automated and integrated in the security platform. The subsequent outcome: the security team will only be engaged after the malicious activity had been terminated. The required set of skills to manage this system is more common compared with a security analyst required to work on a detection-based product or platform. As a result, prevention solutions can help ease the burden of cyber skills shortage much more effectively than detection solutions and allow organisations to deal with other important business activities with peace of mind.

 

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