ORLANDO — It’s time to rethink a bunch of security truisms, Gartner analysts said at the company’s annual Symposium/IT Expo here this week.

The security rules companies have relied on for decades are ready for retirement. These include: Prevention is better than cure, humans are the weakest link, and access should be limited to just an employee needs to do his or her job. These old saws have been “exploded” by today’s tech trends, said Tom Scholtz, Gartner research vice president.

For one thing, employees are now mobile, digitally literate, embrace new tools without fear and expect access to whatever they need from wherever they’re working.

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