Maybe in times of plenty “defense in depth” can mean “keep spending on all those other security things and spend on me, too” but we ain’t in times of plenty – it appears that for quite some time we will actually be in the “times of not plenty.” Security in depth needs to mean “replace your old way of doing it with a better way.”
I first heard the best way of saying this from Bryan Palma, who was then the CISO of Pepsi: “I want security vendors to tell me how to spend my first security dollar, not my next security dollar.“
Next Generation Firewalls, security switches, and end-point protection platforms are good examples of better security replacing older more expensive approaches. Barring the return of plenty, the winners over the next few years will follow that pattern.
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