"I would question whether prevention is still working," said Joe Pindar, director of product strategy at Gemalto, as he addressed today's IP Expo Manchester.
He seems to have a point, too. While, as Gartner says, security spend continues to go up, with companies throwing around fistfuls of cash for preventative measures, the loss of data continues to go up.
There have been around 4.5 billion lost data records since 2013, 2.5 billion of which have been lost since 2014.
So not only are we losing more, we are losing it faster too. All the while, were spending more on it. The way business and consumers use tech is changing and so the way we handle security is also changing on literally a day-to-day basis.
The thing is, "we're currently in the middle of a massive digital disruption". Everywhere new technologies are morphing the way business is done. New technologies, like mobile and perhaps more pressing, the Internet of Things, also form new vectors.
In business, "people want to open up the supply chain" Pindar told the audience, increasing efficiency through information sharing but also allowing sensitive data to be seen by a great many more eyes than might have previously gazed upon it.
What's more is the sheer amount of data being handled today has grown by orders of magnitude, spurred on in part by these new technological advances.
That data is also being left all over the place said Pindar: "We find that it is really easy to find sensitive data on the internet". Using Google Dorks, simple searches through Google with the relevant search terms, one can find all manner of user credentials and critical information. Such data is often the result of large data migrations that are left behind on unsecured machines.
As Pindar said, prevention is not quite enough. He later told SCMagazineUK.com that it shouldn't be left by the wayside, "but has traditionally been the whole focus of the strategy".
Considering our current predicament aren't "there better ways of securing critical data?"