Experts in the space of cybersecurity are managing global risks while gauging the impact of evolving technological trends. The astronomical growth of IoT, AI, 5G and cloud systems have shifted the focus of cybersecurity managers from enterprise technologies to global transformation & developments. The scope of the domain has evolved over the years with 2020 witnessing the rise of innovative cybersecurity trends. Companies are taking a more holistic approach to cyber-compliance, pen-testing, vulnerability assessments, and network enhancement. As hackers leverage the scale and capabilities of AI-based attacks, cybersecurity professionals are taking active measures to prevent such intrusions.
Enterprises are focusing on enhancing their capabilities in the domain of cybersecurity and technology management. They’re engaging with security firms and global leaders in the space of cyber-analytics to protect their enterprise architecture. The following are the cybersecurity trends in 2020:
1. Developing Cyber-Safety as an Enterprise Asset
Enterprises are focusing on developing cybersecurity and safety as a corporate asset. This is allowing them to continue investing in the upgrading of systems, architectures, and technical personnel. They’re also partnering with technology firms to strengthen their systems through consistent pen-testing, VoIP analysis, and network/application VAPT testing.
Firms dealing with global clients and customers are also working on strengthening regional databases and offices through greater investment in network architecture. They’re also upgrading systems to ensure complete cyber-protection in the era of 5G and advanced network systems.
Companies are also investing in providing extensive training to internal cybersecurity personnel so that they’re able to protect firms against more sophisticated attacks. A hybrid offline-online approach is allowing working professionals to remain educated on the latest techniques of finding advanced intrusions.
2. Increased Focus on Privacy and Data Protection
The leaders of global enterprises are shifting their attention to comprehensive privacy and data protection. They’re investing in the right resources, from a technology and capabilities standpoint, to ensure that they’re leading the way in the area of data privacy. Companies are extending their focus into the sophisticated domain of cyber reporting and post-detection remediation. They’re complying with the regulatory frameworks designed for their specific industries, while also upgrading their systems to match international standards. Firms are focusing on enhancing their privacy policies and exploring innovative methods to ensure compliance with global data-privacy regulations. They’re also upgrading their systems and practices as and when new laws get introduced within their fields.
Customers are also insisting on engaging with highly secure firms that have extensive protocols in place for data protection. Data is an extremely sensitive resource that firms are managing with the highest measure of attention and care.
3. Designing Cybersecurity Measures During Development
Companies working with digital products, or cloud-based solutions, are focusing on designing cybersecurity measures from the ground-up. They’re enabling AppSec teams to interact directly with product development teams, to ensure that all applications have the right measures in place.
From automated testing to anomaly flagging, companies are moving towards a customized DevSecOps framework. They’re involving security and compliance teams early-on to ensure that their product solutions stay protected across the board. The technology product lifecycle is evolving to include all stages of security stakeholders while protecting the data stored within the applications. Products that require access via APIs or database connectivity to a secure cloud are also following a more secure channel. Key security risks, including SQL injections, privilege escalation, and workflow penetration, are being addressed during the development of modern applications and solutions.
4. Enhancing Cybersecurity through AI and Machine Learning
The rise of quantum computing has enabled AI-hackers to infiltrate systems at a much faster rate. Hackers are using AI to automate hacking activities while leveraging command and control (C2) tactics to acquire access to systems. They can then gain access to the email server and leverage social engineering methods to send spoof emails to employees and customers.
Experts are leveraging AI and machine learning to remain one step ahead of these global threats. By enabling AI-based cybersecurity measures to review systems, technical managers can locate sites of self-propagated intelligence attacks in an effective manner. By quarantining access points, and curbing information flow through critical channels, more sensitive data is protected on a real-time basis. Thus, AI is the future and a significant cybersecurity trend for 2020.
Enterprises are also investing in AI-based intrusion detection protocols, which are actively analyzing systems at scale. This is enabling technical managers to remain agile while receiving key insights about intrusions instantly. AI-enabled solutions are allowing cybersecurity managers to leverage anomaly detection, keyword analysis, and scaled monitoring & reporting.
5. Upgrading Enterprise Network Architecture
A shift in the approach to network architecture analysis has enabled leaders to invest in upgrading critical systems. Companies are analyzing their current risks within their existing systems and opting for overarching enhancements to their network architecture. By protecting data assets and corporate information from a technological standpoint, companies are taking proactive measures to restrict intrusion success. They’re focused on enhancing security protocols on a modern system rather than patching a legacy network. This overarching investment in the domain of network upgrading is allowing firms to improve their purview over distributed systems.
Enterprises are also developing enhanced agility, as a technological capability, in response to threats detected within the architecture. Critical protocols, such as encryption/decryption, segmentation, monitoring & analytics, network traffic analysis, and detection rules & heuristics, are empowering technical managers within enterprises. With key systems and protocols in place, the technological shift towards more secure systems is getting support from transition experts and cybersecurity personnel.
6. Scheduled Pen Testing and Assessments
Firms are ramping up their pen-testing and intrusion assessment protocols to become more responsive in the new decade. They’re investing significant resources in understanding the offensive starting points that hackers can use, via brute-force, AI, or machine learning strategies. Scheduled pen-testing is enabling scale-driven analysis to keep all stakeholders aligned within the protocol. Analysts are performing static/dynamic scanning, reviewing cross-site scripting, checking for backdoor SQL injections, and gauging compliance to regulatory frameworks. Pen-testing is also being performed across all major processes and systems, which is a significant shift from the years prior. As hackers can utilize any single point of compromised access, pen-testers are working through all areas within an enterprise.
From physical devices to employee social engineering, pen-testers are using holistic methods to test the most granular entry points within the firm. Through double-blind, targeted and internal/external testing, pen-testers can gain first-hand data about the security of the enterprise on-site. By conducting a comprehensive vulnerability assessment of the enterprise, technical experts can stay one step ahead of hackers.
7. Developing Comprehensive Protocols for Data Sharing
Data-sharing, both within and outside of the enterprise, is witnessing significant shifts towards a more compliance-based protocol. Firms are training employees while detailing fixed pathways for vendors/suppliers. Technical managers are also instituting mandatory data-sharing processes, to ensure that no information/files get shared in a non-compliant manner.
Cybersecurity experts are also designing fixed protocols to prevent data-theft within enterprises. Through the upgrading of email systems, employee communication monitoring, and analyzing metadata on information sharing, experts are opting to remain vigilant across all parameters. They’re designing new policies around interoperability within a growing diverse information ecosystem. Experts are also outlining defense measures if data gets stolen from the enterprise, which includes an automated response mechanism to prevent further loss. Database managers are also increasingly empowered via these protocols so that they’re able to execute the right response to a threat detected.
8. Enhanced Protection for IoT Devices
With the estimated 200 billion IoT objects in the current global ecosystem, it’s crucial to protect these devices holistically. Firms are designing new standards for the manufacturing and introduction of IoT devices to curb hackers from entering via these hardware channels. Companies are also introducing new software measures to detect intrusions on-site actively. Due to the proliferation of these devices, it’s becoming increasingly important to map them out within an enterprise. Companies are reviewing their digital lockers, entry cards, smart building controls, and employee sensors, to ensure that they’re compliant with global best practices.
IoT devices are also being updated more frequently via the cloud. This is helping in connecting all devices within the ecosystem and upgrading their architecture with a more secure code. Through enhanced encryption and private channel data transfer, IoT devices are becoming increasingly protected against hackers on-site.
9. Employee Empowerment through Training
Companies are training employees in critical areas where security risks are highly elevated. These areas include social engineering, employee devices BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), spoofing, phishing, and malware. Employees are being trained frequently about the dangers of falling victim to these methodologies.
Firms are enhancing their onboarding protocols to ensure that all employees are trained effectively from the time they join the organization. While firms were earlier focusing on training technical employees handling sensitive data, all employees within the enterprise are now being empowered through cybersecurity modules. Cybersecurity experts, both on-site and consultants, are also frequently performing testing protocols to update decision-makers on the effectiveness of key protocols. From controlled phishing experiments to on-site social engineering, different methods are being deployed to find gaps within the employee pool’s cyber-awareness. Employees that connect to the private network within the enterprise also must follow certain protocols to ensure comprehensive protection. Network managers are gathering real-time data on the utilization of the network by employees using their own devices.
Additionally, remote employees or travelling workers are being given access to the enterprise network through encrypted channels. This is enabling technical managers to have greater control over who is accessing the network at what instance.
10. Developing Enterprise-Wide Compliance
Companies are investing significant resources in the development of enterprise-wide compliance. They’re taking the right measures to ensure that all components of a global compliance framework can be instituted and executed. The compliance with all measures is also being tested frequently to ensure that no gaps are being left untreated.
Companies handling sensitive data on a regular basis are working with legal and risk management consultants to ensure that their practices are compliant with global standards. Decision-makers are taking the right measures to ensure compliance to PCI, GDPR and ISO 27001 standards when upgrading their global systems. Firms are also working with enterprise-wide monitoring tools to analyze the flow of information within the organization. They are adopting the use of analytics and advanced data processing to refine their compliance framework further and build upon their existing architecture.
11. Protecting Against Micro-Breaches
Enterprises engaging with multiple clients and vendors are increasingly protecting themselves against micro-breaches. These small-scale intrusions may leave the network architecture vulnerable to more extensive breaches at a later stage. Hackers may set off a few data points from their right order, which may lead to a domino effect crashing servers or offsetting customer data.
As micro-breaches are difficult to detect, enterprises are investing in upgrading their systems, opting for more secure servers, and working with external partners to strengthen their databases. With the rise of ransomware and crypto-hacking, enterprises are also investing in quality data assessments and regular intrusion analysis of their network systems as well. Companies are also focusing on greater compliance to tiered access for stakeholders so that key data sets are only accessible to a prequalified group of members. This helps in curbing internal origin breaches, specifically as it relates to micro-intrusions.
12. Securing Cloud-based Applications
While leading enterprises engage with the cloud (public and private) on a regular basis, the top firms are strengthening their cloud-based operations further. Companies are mandating critical policies, norms, and practices to ensure that their cloud servers are protected. Technological capabilities are also being leveraged to ensure that attackers can’t gain access to the data stored on the cloud. By working directly with cybersecurity & vulnerability management firms, enterprises are protecting their perimeter comprehensively.
Companies are also investing in hiring the right resources to focus specifically on cloud protection. These cloud-experts regularly scan for intrusions, while actively protecting against hackers that may leverage a channel of entry. Cyber-experts at these firms are also using the cloud to also automate testing, intrusion detection and data analysis at scale.
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