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Reducing Security Complexity a Top Challenge for CISOs

Cisco's Jeff Reed on the Automation, Visibility and Integration Imperative
Jeff Reed, senior vice president of product, Cisco Security Business Group

Reducing security complexity remains one of the toughest challenges facing CISOs, driven by the non-stop increase in threats, says Jeff Reed of Cisco.

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While many organizations are reducing the number of tools they use, creating a sustainable solution to the complexity problem also requires vendors to ensure their tools are increasingly interoperable and facilitate improved visibility as well as automation, he says.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA 2020, Reed also discusses:

  • Why security’s worst enemy is complexity;
  • Findings from Cisco's CISO Benchmark Study;
  • The need for better infrastructure automation, visibility and integration.

Reed is senior vice president of product for Cisco's Security Business. Previously, Reed served in a variety of other roles at Cisco and held a number of senior positions in large-scale enterprise software businesses.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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