Why Your Security and Risk Management Teams are Defenders of the World

Mar 02, 2020
RSA Conference

What does the human element mean to security professionals? At RSA 2020 in San Francisco, the event’s theme focused on the human element. It was refreshing, as the narrative often focuses on technology vs technologist, hacker vs defender, or humans being the weakest link in cybersecurity.

Here’s how RSA explained the importance of the human element to the security community.

“With all the new technologies, strategies and artificial intelligence being employed by both security pros and threat actors, one thing remains constant: us…We’re the ones on the front lines, protecting not just data, but our most vulnerable people and every aspect of our lives—from election hacking to the weaponization of social media. We’re the ones making the hard decisions about privacy… ethics… usability… responsibility. The goal of RSA Conference is to help the industry mature while preparing individuals to grow into their roles as defenders of the world.”

In this light, the human element is at the heart of keeping people, companies, and assets safe from threats and vulnerabilities.

The other phrase that resonated with me about RSA’s theme was “defenders of the world.” Whether your security team is leading a classified mission or working to contain the coronavirus or preventing a cyberattack, security professionals are doing the hard work to protect people.

The world that needs to be defended may not be the literal one. For SRM teams, the “world” may be smaller. It could be that their world is protecting the company’s data.

Making It Easier for Security Teams to Protect

In business, it’s common to develop positioning language for products and services. After all, as Bluescape’s CMO, my team and I are responsible to find the best way to position our technology. Phrases like the human element are catchy. Some phrases are pithy. However, there’s nothing catchy or pithy about protecting our data or saving lives.

With so much on the line—lives, company assets—security teams deserve to have their lives made easier. Making things easier was a common theme at RSA 2020. At Bluescape, our goal is to provide a software platform that helps security operation centers or marketing war rooms easily monitor, assess, and respond to a situation. In a critical time, decisions need to be made fast. Fast decisions are best made with timely situational intelligence, or information, that facilitates swift action.

At RSA, it seemed that the general consensus was that everyone understands how delicate a situation can be or become. Therefore, a scalable and agile platform like Bluescape is an essential requirement for those defending the world against numerous and various types of attacks.

Humans: The Strongest and Weakest Link

In attending a demonstration at RSA, the vendor rightly observed that humans are the strongest and weakest links. When it comes to safeguarding the company from attacks, humans are infallible. We’re prone to mistakes. We can get caught up in the intensity of a mission-critical event. So, countermeasures need to help offset our humanity. This is where technology and security platforms provide us, humans, with a helping hand.

At Bluescape, we work hard to ensure leaders can see, share, and interact with mission-critical content. It doesn’t matter if the content is on a large format display in a SOC or on the web or mobile device. We are motivated by helping response teams adeptly collaborate and quickly act in responding to or preventing a situation. This is one way we help support the human element.

Protecting People

Vendor and keynote speakers at RSA 2020 focused on holistic approaches to helping emergency teams, military personnel, and even universities navigate critical situations. Getting accurate and timely data to your SOC, incident response teams, and first responders protect your data and may even save lives.
In the end, it’s a dynamic blend of our humanity and the right technology solutions that help security teams defend the world that they monitor.