In this Week's SecurityWeek article, Core Security's CEO, Mark Hatton talks about the hope that spring brings and how that relates to the Security Industry.

Put me in coach, I'm ready to play today; Put me in coach, I'm ready to play today Look at me, I can be Centerfield... - John Fogerty

Living in the Boston area, I find this to be one of the greatest times of the year. The Red Sox are back, fresh off another championship, and we are getting poised to enjoy a great New England spring that we really earned this year, after suffering through a brutal winter. As the saying goes, hope really does spring eternal. And while hope is everyone’s best friend come baseball season, or as they prepare to hit the links for the first time, I am painfully aware that in business and in security, hope is not a plan.

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However, that doesn’t mean we can’t dream a bit about the best case scenario. In the spirit of the season, here are five things I’m hoping for in the security industry this year:

1. A more prominent seat at the table. Seems like we’ve been talking about this one for a while, but until the CISO and other top security officials start getting a more receptive audience within the C-suite, security is never going to become a priority . It seems like very few leadership teams want to engage in a security discussion prior to an event taking place, choosing instead to save the tough questions until after the fact. Management should start listening and posing questions as a regular part of running the business.

2. A fundamental shift in the way we approach security. Not sure how or when it was decided that we should take a strictly defensive posture and approach to our security programs. Yet for years that has been the approach, with all of us working to build up our defenses and hope we plugged all the potential holes before a hacker finds them. A better approach centers on being more aggressive and taking a proactive stance when it comes to security. Working to proactively uncover vulnerabilities in your organization rather than sitting back “waiting to be hacked” can eliminate a lot of pain and suffering down the road.

To read the complete article, please visit SecurityWeek at: http://www.securityweek.com/five-things-im-hoping-security-industry

Mark Hatton, President, CEO