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EIGHT CYBERSECURITY TRENDS TO WATCH OUT FOR
As companies transition to digital channels and a remote work model, new cybersecurity vulnerabilities are emerging — so much so that cybersecurity-related risk is rated as the second-highest source of risk for the enterprise, following regulatory compliance risk, in Gartner’s 2020 Board of Directors Survey. The IT research firm goes on to predict a paradigm shift in the cybersecurity ecosystem and has identified the top 8 cybersecurity trends that can help CISOs sleep more soundly:
With more and more assets as well as people now working outside the traditional security perimeter, Gartner expects a new approach — cybersecurity mesh architecture that allows organizations to extend security controls to distributed assets. Rather than every security tool running in a silo, a cybersecurity mesh enables tools to interoperate by providing foundational security services, and centralized policy management and orchestration.
Although the vision of Identity First — access for any user anytime, and from anywhere — has been around for a while, the concept emerged as Gartner’s top security trend for this year because the pandemic has pushed several organizations to go remote or hybrid. McKinsey analysts seem to agree and expect CISOs and cybersecurity-operations teams to accelerate adoption of next-generation identity and access tools.
Remote Workforce Security
Gartner’s 2021 CIO Agenda survey estimates that 61 percent of CIOs are increasing investment in cybersecurity as the shift to remote work is opening new attack surfaces. Gartner goes on to say that this shift requires a total reboot of policies and security tools. For example, endpoint protection services will need to move to cloud delivered services.
Large security breaches that made headlines and increased cybersecurity budgets have caught the attention of the boards of directors. By 2025, Gartner expects 40 percent of boards of directors to have a dedicated cybersecurity committee overseen by a qualified board member, up from less than 10 percent today.