Gear up, CISOs, for cybersecurity’s next frontier: NetApp CSO Mignona Cote

December 14, 2023
1 min read
  • Security leaders are currently facing several complexities due to the evolving nature of cyber threats and a shortage in cybersecurity talent.
  • Companies are addressing the skills gap in cybersecurity by incorporating educational programs, bootcamps, and hackathons.
  • Artificial Intelligence, especially generative AI, plays a crucial role in automating security tasks and easing the skills shortage.
  • NetApp’s management tool, BlueXP, enables storage administrators to manage data across on-premise and in-cloud storage through a unified control plane.

Cybersecurity measures and the techniques of cybercriminals have improved significantly over recent years. This has resulted in several complexities that security leaders must address. Mignona Cote, Chief Security Officer at NetApp, discussed these challenges and the evolving role of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) in an interview with TechCircle.

Current challenges in the cybersecurity landscape include managing multiple vendors and solutions, a shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers, and staying updated with the latest technological advancements.

To combat these issues, educational institutions are launching cybersecurity programs, and companies are organizing bootcamps and hackathons. In addition, training in cloud security and AI is being provided because of their growing importance in the field.

The role of the CISO is evolving as well. CISOs now need to build relationships with their boards and peers since business continuity and operational success relies on these relationships. They also need to communicate the complexities of the cybersecurity landscape to their leadership effectively.

Moreover, AI, especially generative AI, plays a vital role in automating security tasks and easing the skills shortage. It can assist CISOs in advanced analytics, process automation, and managed services.

NetApp aims to enable CISOs to achieve cyber-resilience by 2024. To do this, they have been providing tools like BlueXP that allow storage administrators to manage the data lifecycle on NetApp storage technology, both on-premise or in the cloud.

NetApp has also announced updates to its unified data storage solution to tackle ransomware threats. The company offers a Ransomware Recovery Guarantee, ensuring data recovery in the event of a ransomware attack, or they provide compensation.

To secure their environments, NetApp plans to start building security as code, integrating security into DevOps tools and processes. They will also be focusing on threat detection and monitoring with AI to minimize unnecessary recovery costs.

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