Cyber security has become an increasingly complex and sophisticated area in recent years. While the extent and nature of threats continues to evolve, the market is also being driven by the increasing reliance of organisations on tech, the way that tech is changing at speed, as well as the constantly shifting landscape of regulation and red tape. This makes it essential to stay on top of how cyber security is evolving.
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New and emerging technologies are now often the focus for cyber criminals who are driven by the promise of vast profits to set up increasingly professionalised operations. As digital transformation continues at a fast pace for many businesses, there are opportunities for cyber criminals to seek out vulnerabilities to exploit.
A huge range of different options for data and services, the shift towards remote working, and the adoption of a hybrid IT infrastructure by a larger number of organisations is creating a much broader enterprise attack surface for criminals to focus on. Methods of attack include social engineering designed to take advantage of a lack of understanding of new software and systems, as well as targeting unencrypted business data that is accessed via remote workforces.
What is driving change in cyber security?
The increasing dominance of the cloud is one of the biggest factors, especially because the pandemic has accelerated the necessity of a cloud-first strategy for many organisations. Change has also been driven by the need to integrate protection for emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as the move towards architectures using microservices and DevOps and DevSecOps.
Established cyber technologies such as endpoint protection, detection and response (EPDR), unified endpoint management (UEM) and data leakage prevention (DLP) are likely to grow and evolve to provide a firmer foundation for cyber defence. We are also going to see emerging technologies added into the mix for more effective protection, including network detection and response (NDR), extended detection and response (XDR) and secure information-sharing, security for business applications.
How are organisations responding to changes in threats and responses?
The key response for many organisations has been to develop IT-focused roles within the business and establish closer alignment between business continuity and cyber security. For some time, these have existed in isolation from one another and the result has often been challenging if a cyber security disaster has occurred. However, recent events have forced a rethink. Not just in regard to the ongoing increase in the volume and sophistication of threats, but also how remote working styles that have resulted from the pandemic open businesses up to new threats not previously encountered.
As a result, the role of Chief Information Security Officer has been heightened within many businesses. There has also been a concerted effort to ensure that cyber security and business goals are integrated. Other key areas of focus include supply chain cyber security, building awareness and competencies in cyber security across the business and investing in identity-based security.
Cyber security and the way that your business uses IT are inextricably linked. To find out how we here at Servnet can help upgrade or manage your business’ cyber security infrastructure, then please visit our ‘Cyber Security’ page on our website, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0800 987 4111 and speak to one of our specialists.