Time to rethink security, says CTO

The CTO of a major software company has called for a rethink of IT security. “We need to rethink what security looks like,” CA Technologies CTO Otto Berkes told iTWire. “Security needs to be very dynamic, with a certain degree of intelligence.” Berkes envisages a situation where systems become more ‘self aware’ in the sense of being able to detect when they are under attack and taking steps to mitigate the situation. Identifying suspicious activity (such as a privileged account being used to suddenly download large amounts of data) and then mirroring what a human would do in response if the situation was visible is “absolutely in the domain of machine learning,” he said. Even if we did not want systems to respond autonomously, they could at least bring unusual…

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