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Forcepoint CEO Matt Moynahan On Placing Big Bets On Behavioral Analytics, Data Protection

Matt Moynahan dishes on the biggest missed opportunity in cybersecurity today, why point products will die within the next half-decade, and why Forcepoint needs mathematicians and behavioral psychologists.

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A Human-Centric Approach

Organizations have for too long assumed they can secure their data by purchasing web application firewalls and data loss protection products that treat all users and behaviors identically, according to Forcepoint CEO Matt Moynahan.

Moynahan told CRN that data protection is the biggest missed opportunity in cybersecurity today due to the lack of behavioral analytics smarts in legacy DLP tools. The Austin, Texas-based cybersecurity company plans to double down on its behavioral analytics capabilities through the recent opening of a Cyber Experience Center in Boston that takes a multidisciplinary approach to generating behavioral algorithms.

Forcepoint has also moved away from a partner ecosystem oriented around a large number of transactional relationship to one that's focused on a smaller number of high-quality relationships. As point products die out, Moynahan said Forcepoint needs solution providers that can engage strategically and capitalize on the paradigm shifts around cloud services.

Here's what Moynahan had to say about hiring mathematicians and behavioral psychologists and how Amazon Web Services has changed the cybersecurity industry.

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