Be Prepared: Security Trends To Watch Out for in 2020

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Security Trends to Watch in 2020

Be Prepared: 3 Security Trends To Watch OUT FOR in 2020

SoftwareONE’s CEO Dieter Schlosser kicked off 2020 sharing some predictions for 2020. The vast increase of data is one of the main challenges he sees businesses having to manage. This is also the foundation for security.

When it comes to security it’s always about protecting your greatest asset – your data. With the world becoming more and more connected it’s even harder to both keep up a comprehensive security system and ensure seamless connectivity for all employees at the same time. Data is shared nearly everywhere, on different platforms such as data centers, in the cloud and through different devices. But we are paying a high price for this. The more connected we are, the more our data is at risk. Knowing your vulnerabilities is the best way to start your defense. But what should you look out for in 2020 specifically? Let’s find out!

1. Cloud Security – Fertile Ground for Cyber-Attacks

Cloud will increasingly be seen as fertile ground for cyber-attacks and will continue to be exploited by criminals. Here’s my Top-4 recommendations for the areas where security workers should never be off-guard:

  • Multi-Cloud becomes Omni-Cloud: The reality is that many organizations are already deploying workloads across more than one single Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider (IaaS). However, we are walking towards an omni-cloud approach in the future where vendors might form alliances to serve their customers with all aspects of services. We can expect cloud-based cyber-security to continue to rise in 2020 as well.
  • 5G development and adoption of IoT devices increase vulnerability: The coming rollout of 5G networks will bring an increase of connected IoT devices also raising networks’ vulnerability because of their weak security connections between device, network and cloud.
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) - All SaaS Becomes Intelligent SaaS: Machine Learning (ML) will become part of nearly every fabric of our lives, whether as part of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), IT operations, analytics or Power BI. Knowing this, you should be prepared for cyber-criminals to develop creative tactics for finding their way into systems like chat-bots or algorithms that will employ Machine Learning in attacks.
  • Cloud security is becoming more automated: With different IT settings in place - cloud, on-premise, hybrid - the question arises about how best to manage security in an environment like that. Security automation will help to identify weak spots, simulate attacks, simulate patches, perform compliance checks and make changes to the cloud environment, all with zero human touch to set free time for security workers to focus on the strategic part of their work.

2. Cloud Container Security – Highest Priority for Cloud Portability

Cloud containers will take over as the dominant strategy for cloud portability: Forrester expects cloud app development services, including container services, to become the preferred platform for application development. That's not surprising since cloud containers are popular because they make it easy to build, package, and promote an application or service, and all its dependencies, throughout its entire lifecycle and across different environments and deployment targets. And even more, they offer the highest portability between different clouds making them a crucial part for moving towards a multi-cloud strategy to shift workloads between clouds and avoiding lock in.

However, containers and especially their portability are a critical path and require special security attention to make sure pipeline and applications, the deployment environment and infrastructure are secured and integrated into the overall business security strategy.

3. Endpoint Security – Sometimes Overseen but Still One of the Most Critical Fields

Mobile technology will become a prime phishing attack vector – and endpoint security has shown to be a segment IT professionals sometimes tend to overlook. Employees working from home, on-the-go bringing their own devices allowing users to access business IT services from any location at any time create multiple endpoint vulnerabilities. Where most security breaches came through the network in the past, we now see them coming through endpoints, which often means that a centralized network protection within an organization does not go far enough. The consequence is that there is no longer a secure perimeter within business devices where applications and data can be protected. Instead, all IT services must be considered continuously at risk.

Security must maintain greater control over access points to prevent the vulnerabilities that can arise by using remote devices. And far more, every purchasing decision should already be treated like a security decision – to select the most secure device (mobile phones, printers, PCs, laptops, wearables) that will ensure highest protection while in use.

Only by aligning their IT security strategy with procurement priorities – and by taking advantage of modern security capabilities built-in from the hardware-up – can organizations become truly secure, protecting their most valuable resources in the process.

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Bala Sathunathan

Bala Sethunathan

Director, Security Practice & CISO


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