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2014 Transcendence in IT Security: Richard Rushing, Chief Information Security Officer, Motorola Mobility

Richard Rushing, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Motorola Mobility, shared his thoughts on IT security during his presentation at the 2014 CISO Leadership Forum in San Francisco on May 6. In his presentation, “2014 Transcendence in IT Security,” Rushing noted organizations want to overcome IT security issues, but many challenges create hurdles that can be difficult to transcend.

According to Rushing, “common sense security” is key for organizations of all sizes. If an organization can avoid absolutes in security, Rushing said, it should be able to prevent data breaches. An organization should look to supplement its current security technologies, Rushing said, and continue to search for ways to bolster its data protection protocols as well: “There is no such thing as absolutes. We have gotten created into the absolute environment where we have to do this and it has to work 100% of the time. Nothing works there.”

In addition, two-factor authentication can help an organization, Rushing said. Having the ability to implement new security measures to protect sensitive data, Rushing noted, can have far-flung effects on an organization and its end users. In fact, an organization that leverages security technologies, Rushing said, can stay up to date about security issues and minimize their impact: “It doesn’t need to be the biometric super DNA or something like that. It doesn’t have to be to that level. You’re not trying to replace it. You’re supplementing things. It’s the defense and depth kind of approach to authentication.”

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