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How the Enterprise Browser Marries IT and Security

Island Co-Founder and CEO Mike Fey on Balancing Security and User Experience
Mike Fey, co-founder and CEO, Island

Traditionally, CISOs initiate discussions about enterprise browsers due to their understanding of cybersecurity challenges in consumer browsers. But the involvement of CIOs is crucial as they oversee changes affecting end-user experience, according to Mike Fey, co-founder and CEO, Island.

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CIOs are getting increasingly engaged in the decision-making journey of adopting enterprise browsers "because there's significant ROI," and the CIO and CISO are worried about the same security issues, Fey said.

"When you think about the blockers that they first concern themselves with, it's about the business the CISO is in touch with. They start there, and then they get into the pen test. What tools can I remove from my environment? Are you stopping threats in a new and unique way? That conversation gets handled pretty quickly," Fey said. "And that's where the CIO and the user acceptance team and the desktop services team all show up and start collaborating."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2024, Fey also discussed:

  • Overcoming the pain points related to enterprise browsers, including BYOD, VDI and call center enablement;
  • Island's strategic approach to balancing security and the user experience;
  • Decision-making dynamics between CISOs and CIOs concerning operational gains and budget allocation.

Prior to founding Island, Fey served as president and COO at Symantec and before joining Symantec, he served as president and COO of Blue Coat, leading all product and go-to-market functions at both organizations. Fey previously served as executive vice president and general manager for enterprise products at McAfee and chief technology officer of Intel Security, where he drove the company's vision around network, endpoint and analytics security.

This is the third part in a three-part series. To view the first and second parts, click here.

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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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