Securing networks, hardening systems, and protecting data from cyber threats have become more important with cyber incidents on the rise. With over 53,000 security incidents and over 2,000 security breaches confirmed in 2018, it seems that these trends continuously grow year after year. The big question is “What can we do as an organization to keep our users informed and better protect our assets?” While this question is warranted, it may be difficult to address every situation. At the end of the day, we will be relying on IT experts to help us navigate cybercrime. Below are some trending protection steps.
Asset Inventory is a Must
Being able to have an accurate inventory of all computing assets on your network will not only be a key trend moving forward but a requirement. With the huge rollout of IoT solutions, more devices are being integrated into the day-to-day workflow than ever before. It will be essential to the security of any network to have a quick and effective way to track all of these devices at any given time and control potentially malicious network activity.
Bye-Bye Passwords, Hello Biometrics
With the rise in IoT enabled devices, it is becoming easier and easier to crack traditional password methods. It will also no longer be relevant to expect users to constantly expand the number of characters they use on a frequent bases when creating new passwords. The smartphone industry has shown us the power of biometric authentication and how it can be adopted for the enterprise. Whether it be retinal, thumbprint or key fob authentication, change is coming!
Many industry regulations regard multi-factor authentication as an essential way to keeping data and transactions secure. IoT devices in the office are here to stay, but their current authentication methods will require more security. With the introduction of IoT technologies, authentication methods like voice recognition and location tracking are increasingly prevalent.
The popularity of these authentication methods is rising due to convenience; however, it will take some time for adoption in Corporate America.
Security Reliance on Major Cloud Computing Companies
With 2018 being the big push to the cloud and IoT devices, 2019 will require that the implemented cloud solutions will have the necessary security technologies in place to keep organization’s networks secure. A lot of the service plans available for enterprises come with security options, but how do you insure that users are informed and making the right operating decisions? It is up to the organization to make sure that it has taken the necessary steps to insure user protection. Check out this short video on Fidelus Security Solutions, to learn more about SaaS based DNS protection.
Biting the Apple
With Apple being very stagnant in advancing their phone/computer technology, 2019 could be a year where we see more and more attacks on these devices unless the tech giant can produce a more innovative technology moving forward.
It sounds crazy to say aloud, but a trusted AI platform can really jump start the predictive knowledge of most security solutions out there. We are seeing this technology in more security platforms. They are being configured with services that can compile information like trends, threats, industry and currency all within seconds. Then through parsing this information directly into an intrusion detection/prevention system, they can implement these risk controls immediately as they are discovered.
At the end of the day, being able to look towards the future and have some predictions on what to expect from a security perspective is key. As an organization, the security plan must be reviewed and edited as new technologies are adopted. Always keep in mind that it is not “If” a security breach will happen, but “When” a breach happens, you will need to be prepared.