Security is being driven by DevOps teams (Image Credit: Christina @ on Unsplash)At the Qualys QSC19 conference in Las Vegas, Enterprise Times met with Sumedh Thakar, President and Chief Product Officer, Qualys. A major challenge for organisations is deciding what security tools they need. ET asked Thakar is it point solutions, platforms or is it more complicated than that.

Thakar thinks the underlying driver is simple. “It doesn’t matter whether you are small or big, the one thing you want is not to be breached.” But avoiding that is more complicated. Thakar continued: “People are struggling with visibility first, to even know where to being from a security perspective.”

Sumedh Thakar, President and Chief Product Officer, Qualys (Image Credit: Qualys)
Sumedh Thakar, President and Chief Product Officer, Qualys

There is also the issue of who did what in the past. Thakar points out that if we’d done a better job of writing applications and implementing architecture, we wouldn’t have so many issues. Those issues are the reason why so many security products are purchased after the fact.

ET also asked if Digital Transformation had helped cybersecurity? Thakar believes it has had a very positive effect. The said: “With Digital Transformation, organisations are getting a board level mandate for their business to go and rearchitect all of their applications so that they can be able to service their customers with a much better digital footprint. That’s the real opportunity today for security guys. They have a funded project to redo the architecture of the application. Now they can have a seat at the table and ensure that the right tools and the right practices are being followed upfront.”

Thakar also said that one of the drivers for security is coming from DevOps teams. But do developers have the time to become the security guy? What does this mean for security teams?

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