The new Internet revolution and the IT infrastructure needed to support it are evolving and evolving. In recent months, there has already been a series of highly publicized security breaches, including one just a few days ago! In addition, business dependence on software and third-party infrastructure means that business continuity, in the light of such attacks, is ongoing. It is for this reason that security must be part of the company radar and move from the prerogative of middle management to a prerogative that is openly and frequently discussed in discussions with management.
As the penetration of digital products and services increases, the risk that businesses face increases as well. Attacks are becoming more sophisticated and innovative, and businesses often struggle to track and develop and implement new security mechanisms, mechanisms that are constantly avoided and countered by malicious entities. Business security, as we know it, has changed.
Increasing security issues
In the coming years, the IT departments of companies will have to solve some security problems.
Vulnerabilities will continue to be exploited : The madness of the adoption cycle in business remains the inertia necessary to quickly remedy vulnerabilities. This could remain a concern, as Gartner predicts 99% of these vulnerabilities will be used against businesses. Regular patches and updates should help to counter this threat.
Shadow IT will be a point of attack : Many users familiar with technology, the computer is now facing the rise of "shadow". Often, these software and utilities are downloaded for specific purposes by various functional teams and are an entry point for attackers. The IT department will need to incorporate a process to ensure that security threats affecting such software are verified, and group policies limit access to download and run applications without prior authorization. In addition, the IT department should also ensure that policies silo critical software and hardware from the enterprise.
Increasing intervention by the state : Interest in data and consumer behavior, has led to attacks sponsored by the government or by the state. Such attacks could be a political and legal quagmire for businesses.
Source code : Many companies using vendors to develop code, it is necessary to be skeptical about code security. The code may have backdoors and companies must ensure code security.
BYOD and IoT : The introduction of consumer devices and IoT at the workplace creates a set of security issues. The hardware and software installed on these devices may be compromised and open companies may be attacked. Rather than running away from it, the company's IT department should adopt it and develop strategies to allow these devices to access networks and data.
Skills and expertise will be a challenge
As attacks change the dynamics of security every day, it is imperative that business IT teams develop skills and expertise. These skills and expertise can be developed by investing in training or leveraging third-party partners and consultants. Although security breaches become the norm, they will need to be fully recognized and evaluated. Adopting a realistic business assessment and collaboration on security with stakeholders, partners, and other businesses will help IT organizations combat cyber threats effectively.