At IDC’s annual analyst breakfast meeting at the RSA conference last week, analysts discussed the mindset of IT executives toward security, which one analyst described as “My Eyes Glaze Over.” (Knowing how IT types love their acronyms, he referred to it as MEGO.)
Chris Christiansen, program vice president for IDC‘s Security Products and Services group, said that in 2013 the conversations in security from vendors were largely about APT (advanced persistent threats) and next generation firewalls (NGFW).
Yet from an enterprise perspective, Christiansen said IT executives just want to know that security tools work. Execs typically have a “don’t confuse me with the detail” mentality, he said. That is where the MEGO acronym comes in. “All they want to know is how the pain goes away.”
Security’s Sucker Punch
IDC has noticed that many companies lack proper planning to deal with a breach incident. To make his point, Christiansen used a quote often attributed to one-time boxing champion, Mike Tyson: “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”