Recently appointed cybersecurity head outlines several challenges facing industry.
The leader of Intel Security has accused his industry of "starting to create its own problems" by complicating and failing to integrate its products and services.
Christopher Young, general manger of the tech giant’s security division, claimed that large organisations running an array of applications from various vendors were struggling to identify weak links after breaches.
"You’ve got to start to think [that] as an industry we’re starting to create our own problems because we’re so complex, we’re so fragmented," he said.
"And if we don’t bring things together in smarter, more well designed ways we’re going to actually fail at the ultimate goal, which is to provide the right level of protection – or that next generation of IT that we’re delivering."
Speaking to a McAfee conference in Las Vegas, Young added that cybersecurity professionals were struggling to educate those outside the field, and were faced with wealthy and technically adept cybercriminals.
"In the security industry the attackers are innovating far faster than Apple," he said. "They’re innovating faster than Google. They’re innovating faster than Facebook.
"That’s what we’re up against: an increasingly well funded adversary that’s smarter than we’ve ever been."
Young joined as head of Intel Security at the end of September following similar roles at Cisco and VMware. Intel purchased McAfee in 2010, and now plans to integrate the firm into its own brand.