More Than Firewalls: Outsmarting Hackers

Here’s a headline from the future: New security breach compromises millions of users’ sensitive information. AT&T’s VP of Security Services Andy Daudelin says firewalls just aren’t enough to keep hackers out.

By Brenda SalinasFebruary 20, 2015 10:50 am

You can keep building firewalls tougher, taller, more complicated — but folks in tech security know those are likely to be breached sooner or later.

Andy Daudelin, vice president of Security Services at AT&T in Dallas, has a few tips for consumer protection:

  1. Educate employees about good and bad behaviors,
  2. Create microdomains and place extra layers of protection around assets, and
  3. Monitor activity to maximize detection and response.

“Many breaches get into companies well before they’re aware of it and they may sit there for months and years extracting data, stealing information,” Daudelin says. “It doesn’t typically happen overnight, so the most important thing I believe these days is detection and response capabilities.”

This story was prepared with assistance by Jan Ross Piedad.