It’s no surprise that companies across the globe are embracing digital transformation, that increasing numbers of IoT devices are used in the enterprise, and organizations continue to move more systems, applications and data to the public cloud. Without a doubt, these technologies help companies reduce costs while improving performance, optimizing processes, and delivering a more engaging customer experience. But the many benefits of these innovative technologies come with their share of risks too, and put greater pressure on the need for security vigilance.
Why? Because the increasing number of devices and applications connected to the distributed cloud gives adversaries a larger playing field on which to target an attack. Additionally, with cloud-hosted platforms and a decentralized infrastructure, security professionals have less visibility into the security stacks and how it’s managed.
Looking ahead to 2020, security leaders and C-level executives will need to come together to ensure cybersecurity is prioritized right alongside cost savings and growth as they further their digital transformation initiatives in order to offset cyber risk. There are a few ways I believe they will do this:
- Companies will increasingly look to cloud-based security solutions to protect digital assets.
- The trend toward cloud-based security solutions will drive a greater need for measurement of the effectiveness of security in the cloud to ensure that systems and controls are working the way they’re supposed to.
- IoT and mobile devices in the enterprise will lead to greater application-layer security.
- The threat landscape, new methods used by hackers, and growing shortage of skilled security professionals will cause more companies to turn to managed security services.
With the growth of IoT and the distributed cloud, and digital transformation’s rapid pace of change, security professionals can’t afford to rely on the promises made by cloud vendors that their environments are secure. They need evidence-based data to know that business-critical assets are fully protected. This needs to be not only part of a company’s security strategy, but also, it’s overall business strategy.
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