How Security is Changing for IT Needs
Security analysts have been working hard to predict the future needs of the IT industry, but the ever-changing landscape of security technology and the advancements in cybersecurity sophistication require continual re-evaluation. What hasn’t changed is how business-critical cybersecurity has become. It has grown into a highly dynamic, specialized discipline that is massively scalable, but yet still woefully reliant on short-staffed departments operating through minimally trained employees and disconnected point tools. As the situation continues to evolve, the strategies and tactics of times passed will become obsolete. This jeopardizes the security of the company’s network, it exposes their consumer’s data and creates an unproductive defensive strategy against an overwhelming damaging offensive. Your company’s cybersecurity future requires a tight infrastructure that combines the following elements.
Interconnected Cybersecurity Technology Platforms
Rather than relying on individual tools for specific solutions, more overlap in the technology platforms will provide more comprehensive security measures. A cybersecurity platform should incorporate five specific components: 1) threat intelligence, 2) endpoint and cloud workload security, 3) file detonation sandboxes, 4) network security, and 5) advanced analytics. Rather than having an IT department try to manage these groups as a whole with little expertise in one or more of the areas, larger organizations will look to partner with a single vendor that can support the entire platform and each sector within. Using vendor partnerships will streamline operations but also offer the benefit of tight integration across systems. This reduces the chances of security gaps between individual point tools.
The day-to-day security operations that require manual effort will become automated. This frees up valuable time and resources to be used on services that protect the business processes or assets. The design will extend to include policy automation for network flows, locations, users and the business value of different assets. Users and devices will gain access to the network by using a multi factor authentication solution, and enforcement can then be implemented from end to end to decrease the potential attack surface. Technologies and products will have intelligent apps that utilize artificial intelligence to oversee the complex security concerns, with the use of human intelligence to lend support, offer new insight for best practices or identify additional issues.
Cloud-based Central Management
The cybersecurity technology platform gets expanded when all the different services come together through a cloud-based management system. A management plane directs policy management, configuration management, monitoring and so on. While the actual security controls are distributed and in place at the physical operating premise, the actual brains of the operations will be hosted in the cloud. The physical hardware becomes the secondary line of security, and advanced monitoring platforms through the cloud provide a more comprehensive alert and protective system.
Security Operations and Analytics Platforms
The importance of data analytics will also move into the security arena. Security analytics tools will marry with a scalable security architecture to provide improved correlations between vulnerability and threat data. This allows the company to make data-driven security adjustments on tested weaknesses or exploited vulnerabilities. Business and cyber-risk will become linked through risk management data, with machine learning algorithms improving the accuracy of the results. The user interfaces will be customizable, allowing for different skill sets or displays such as mobile devices or VR. This architecture has been around for a few years, but it will continue to develop in the area of integrated adaptive cyber defense.
Cybersecurity Vendor Options
There are several major players in the realm of cybersecurity, such as McAfee, IBM, Check Point and Cisco. However, as these changes continue to occur, there could be a swing toward cloud vendors like Google or Amazon for security hosting. There are also some smaller scale visionary firms like Zscalers and CrowdStrike that are poised to make an entrance as a competitive cybersecurity vendor. Getting a corner of the market will be subject to the ability to connect these trending components at price points and management options that fit companies both large and small.