Reflections from Infosec 2023: The Growing Interest in Asset Management and Discovery
FireMon recently had the privilege of attending the Infosec 2023 conference in London. It was a whirlwind of knowledge sharing, networking, and insightful discussions, with asset discovery and management emerging as some of the hottest topics of the event. Our team was blown away by the number of conversations on the subject, which is why we wanted to share some key takeaways for those who weren’t able to attend.
1. The Rise in Interest of Asset Management:
FireMon’s own Chief Technology Officer, Justin Stouder, spoke on the subject in his presentation: “Effective Security Management Starts with Asset Discovery” (pictured below). In Justin’s own words: “You simply cannot manage what you can’t see, and the enterprise is recognizing this truth. There’s a reason why the cyber asset management TAM is growing 50% year over year. Regarding Infosec, it was thrilling to see this trend develop in person, both in the amount of asset discovery messaging visible when walking the event floor, and the number of people I spoke with who didn’t need to be introduced to the subject and already had a deep understanding of the value it brings.”
2. Mergers & Acquisitions + Asset Discovery = Perfect Fit:
We were approached several times during the event by people whose companies had recently purchased another company, had been purchased themselves, or had recently inherited a new group because of organizational restructuring. We often heard, “Right now, I’m being held do a different standard of accountability and I don’t even have visibility into what I’m accountable for.”
We were happy to take these discussions on, as an asset discovery solution like FireMon’s Asset Manager provides a wide range of insights and support during mergers and acquisitions (M&A) processes ranging from due diligence and risk assessment, to network integration, compliance, cost optimization, and strengthening ongoing security operations. It enhances decision-making, reduces operational complexities, and ensures a smoother transition for the merging entities.
3. Evolving Threat Landscape:
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, cyber threats continue to evolve at an alarming rate. It was evident from our discussions at Infosec 2023 that asset management and discovery are no longer mere compliance checkboxes, but integral components of a proactive cybersecurity strategy. Organizations must and are adapting to the changing threat landscape by embracing innovative technologies, fostering a security-first culture, and staying ahead of emerging vulnerabilities.