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RSAC Insights: Faiz Shuja, Co-Founder & CEO, SIRP

This is part of an ongoing executive guest blog series -- focused on top trends for RSAC 2020.

Faiz Shuja, Co-Founder & CEO, SIRP

"Since the theme of RSA Conference 2020 is Human Element, I think the conversation at RSAC will transcend the basic problem of “employees as vulnerabilities.” With the exponential expansion of threat landscape every passing day, it’s time to have a real talk about burnout rate among cybersecurity professionals. Intelligence, insights and innovative ideas, all go down the drain when cyber security professionals are exhausted and overworked because there are simply too many threats and vulnerabilities coming from all directions. In recent surveys, over half of the cyber professionals across the globe feel burnt out on a daily basis. Over 90 percent of cyber professionals believe that adversaries are always ahead of them. A study by Goldsmiths, University of London and Symantec surveyed over 3,000 CISOs and found that two thirds of cybersecurity professionals have considered quitting their jobs (64 percent) or quitting the industry (63 percent). We need next generation solutions for security operations for not only orchestrating, automating and responding to threats and vulnerabilities, but also for evaluating and prioritizing organization-specific threats. To lower the burnout rate, it’s time to implement the ‘Work smarter, not harder’ rule.

I believe RSAC 2020 will generate elaborate discussions on risk-based security operations, yielding unified cyber responses specific to each organization. We need to integrate risk, threat, and vulnerability, all into one place for one panoramic view of visible cyber security posture. With a unified view, the orchestration, automation and response will eventually become more effective, where tools perform the repetitive jobs and humans are free to think and evaluate. Less response time, more risk-based threat handling and clarity in decision-making will empower the cyber security professionals. We need to integrate humans, tools and security unlike ever before, as it will have a massive impact on the attitudes of cyber security professionals in fighting against adversaries."

More Information about SIRP:

SIRP is a Risk-based Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) platform that fuses essential cybersecurity information to enable a unified cyber response. Through a single integrated platform, it drives security visibility, so decisions can be better prioritized and response time is dramatically reduced. With SIRP, the entire cybersecurity function works as a single, cohesive unit.

SIRP provides a more dynamic, complete view of incidents, threat intelligence, vulnerabilities, and risks in one place, so you can prioritize and make better decisions faster and respond more effectively. It combines security orchestration, playbook automation and case management capabilities to integrate your team, processes and tools together. SIRP makes security data instantly actionable, provides valuable intelligence and context, and enables adaptive response to complex cyber threats and vulnerabilities.


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