Developing Trends In Cybersecurity

The cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve rapidly, due, in large part, to the way our lives have changed during the pandemic. The push towards digitalisation for many workplaces has increased potential vulnerabilities as enterprises start working with new – and often unfamiliar – technologies.

As the way we work changes, cybercriminals continue to adapt their tactics. The solutions organisations have depended on in the past are not always up to the current job of protecting the enterprise, its customers and their data.

Attacks are becoming more sophisticated. They’re targeting personal identifiable information held by major organisations and governments, and the increased threat is pushing more C-suite executives to review their cybersecurity processes, tools and services to ensure they’re not the next major business in the news for a massive data breach.

Our research shows seven major areas where trends are shifting in 2021.

1. Identity access management: preparing for new forms of authentication

Identity access management (IAM) tools have become more important during the pandemic in conjunction with the surge in working from home. As the remote working trend continues, we’ll see increased demand for IAM providers to enhance their customer experience and provide new solutions to combat new risks.

Modern identity management includes two-factor authentication and multi-factor authentication, but we’re seeing other solutions appear, such as password-less authentication, AI and biometrics. In the future, we could see blockchain become an option for IAM.

We’re also seeing IAM-as-a-service gaining momentum as more organisations migrate services to the cloud, and a surge in zero-trust architectures (which focus on continuous authentication) as more enterprises work in virtual teams.

2. Data Loss Prevention: keeping pace with evolving threats

Data loss prevention (DLP) solutions act as a barrier to guard data from being accessed by unapproved people or systems. They can also report on attempts to remove data and work to classify and monitor data held by the organisation.

As executives become more aware of the significant reputational and financial damage data breaches can cause their organisations, we’re seeing a greater demand for DLP providers. These providers not only need to keep up to date with a host of regulations, they’ll need to adapt their services as new threats arise (including solutions to tackle insider threats as well as external ones).

Organisations – especially those in the process of digital transformation – need to consider the status of their data management before they choose which DLP provider to work with. With this in mind, we’re likely to see more enterprises considering partner-based support that comes with a strong SLA so that they have support always at hand.

3. Endpoint threat protection, detection and response: adapting to workforce changes As cyberattacks increase in sophistication and traditional solutions like antivirus and firewalls start to be bypassed more often, we’re going to see more organisations working with advanced endpoint threat protection, detection and response (ETPDR) providers.The rise in virtual working has led to a rise in use of unsecured devices and increased use of things like VPNs to connect to networks. Enterprises need to […]

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