Due to the surge of IoT devices on the market, enterprises have become more concerned with securing themselves against external cyber threats like phishing, viruses, and hackers. Yet the biggest cybersecurity threats of 2017 have been a result of insider mistakes or misuse. The recent Equifax and Anthem breaches are proof that employees and contractors can be just as big a security liability as outsiders.
Many businesses still have insufficient visibility into what changes their users are making within their IT environment. Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report indicates employee data theft can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to discover. Beginning in May 2018, General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will require data breaches to be reported within 72 hours of discovery.
This means organizations will be highly incentivized to adopt new strategies that will make cybersecurity breaches a top priority. As a response, IT enterprises will begin to arm themselves with IT security advances that will help spot and mitigate potential breaches before they occur. Online technology news publisher, IT Pro Portal, lists the top five security trends they believe are set to make a big impression on enterprises in 2018.
- Security compliance will become more advanced – Regulators are already becoming more serious on security practices that put customer data at risk, therefore it is easy to predict that 2018 will see stricter penalties for non-compliance and will require businesses to upgrade their data privacy controls.
- Advanced analytics will improve data security – Advanced analytics tools will help organizations distinguish information that requires immediate attention that often get lost in large volumes of data.
- Tailor-made security – Security vendors are continuously expanding their range of solutions to allow them to solve similar pain points differently according to the customer’s infrastructure. A custom approach to IT security will provide organizations with solutions that are uniquely tailored to their requirements.
- Gartner’s CARTA approach will improve decision making – In 2017, Gartner proposed a new approach to security based on continuous process of regular review, reassessment, and adjustment. The approach is known as CARTA (Continuous Risk and Trust Assessment) and will help with real-time assessment of risk.
- Blockchain principles to be applied to data security – As an effort to strengthen security, blockchain technology data stores data in an open source ledger that renders mass data hacking or data tampering much more difficult due to all participants in the blockchain network having the ability to see if the ledger has been altered.
Many industry experts predict that 2018 will be a year where we see organization become more proactive about securing confidential information, especially where consumers data is concerned.