The “Innovation”​ in RSAC Innovation Sandbox

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We are honored to be named finalist at the 2017 RSA Innovation Sandbox (ISB) contest. 87 companies applied and 10 were selected. Last year RSA conference was marked by an “explosion” of security vendors (over 550), and this year will likely see an even larger crowd. Cybersecurity is one area in IT that is always evolving in step with the threat landscape.

Security innovation has two attributes: it is focused and sustained. It is focused on the “next” threat, the “additional” protection pillar, and better “management” of security tools. It also has to be sustained. As organizations deploy new tools and new capabilities, they all have to play nicely and incrementally add new capabilities on top of existing layers of security infrastructure. As these capabilities come from a large number of standalone providers, inserting them into the network requires careful planning to make sure nothing breaks.

This sustained and focused innovation creates, along side the incremental protection, a systemic problem.

As point solutions pile up to address new business requirements and new threats, complexity grows. Every solution has to be deployed, configured, sized and maintained with IT teams hard pressed to keep up with what they own. As we deploy cutting edge solutions to deter hackers, firewalls remain unpatched. Available capabilities needed to address current threats are turned off to ensure network performance isn’t impacted – because network security boxes are under-sized and new budget is needed to refresh them. Complexity can and does overwhelm even the most competent and hard working security engineers, thus introducing vulnerabilities and protection gaps.

These problems are more severe for midsize companies that are acutely short on staff. But, over time, they will impact virtually all enterprises. There is always more work that needs to be done in risk assessment and mitigation than people available to do it – especially, as our recent survey shows, the number of security tools continues to expand.

What we will bring to the RSA ISB contest is a solution to this systemic problem. We created an all new architecture that converges the networking and security stack into a single, global, self-maintianing and scalable cloud service. We can deliver the capabilities enterprises need today and capabilities that will be needed in the future, without placing any load on the IT team. We do the care and feeding, the scaling, and making all of these capabilities available everywhere. Cato’s shared network and security infrastructure enables enterprises of all sizes to access capabilities that none of them could afford individually. By using Cato, attack surface is reduced and the impact of cost constraints and increased complexity becomes muted.

It is a different kind of innovation. It is broad, rather then focused. It is disruptive rather then sustained. But, we need to act on this problem before it gets completely out of hand. Cato has the vision, team and determination to address this problem and we have dozens of production customers to prove it can, in fact, be addressed.

Come see Shlomo Kramer present at the RSA Innovation Sandbox on Monday February 14, 2017. We would be happy to meet you at the contest demo zone.