Tech leaders challenged daily to sort through a crush of new security apps

An escalating race between good-guy developers building new security tools and bad-guy hackers launching new threats means IT has a whole pile of security apps to sift through. Here’s advice for evaluating the options.

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A tech leader's day can be unpredictable, but Ginny Davis, CIO at entertainment services company Technicolor, can rely on one thing: She's guaranteed to get an email from a new security provider urging her to check out its latest and greatest technology.

Davis says she values "the evolution in the fight against hackers" and considers the many new options a positive trend, "but it's mind-numbing how quickly [the security landscape] is changing."

So what's a tech leader to do? And which group is poised to swamp you first, the hackers or the security vendors? The cumulative advice of the CIOs, chief information security officers and consultants interviewed for this story boils down to this: There are times when you might need both a belt and suspenders to protect your security portfolio, but prudence will always win out over panic.

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