Top 6 Trends That Impact Your Security Posture
A recent Cyber-threats Reports revealed an astounding jump in the number of cyber attacks. How is it different from Kubrick’s precocious doomsday device prediction of nuclear deterrent after deterrent in a skewed hope to salvage peace? Not too much, if one were to hazard a guess.
More than 25bn devices will be hooked on to the net by 2020, says an independent study by Gartner. Other studies carried out by independent parties spit out divergent yet apocalyptic views.
One of the reasons is the ever proliferating endpoints. Content marketing, channel sales cloud, internet telephony and many such acts of today have all but ensured that a skilled marketer knows more than you know about yourself, Herein lies the danger. There must be secured end points. There just isn’t any security perspective residing in these devices.
You thought endpoints were bad? I’ve got news for you – networks are worse. They know everything about you. The mad rush to be the first to reach endpoints has curiously enough, spawned networks that are ubiquitious beyond description. The other day I caught my son watching the tele in the bathtub with a cellular on as he “recorded Tom & Jerry.”
Imagine the perfect crime. Ocean’s 11, 12 or even the overrated 13? Enter “malware”. Now this animal not only resides in encrypted data, but also does so with a high degree of accuracy of never being detected. Technically speaking, there are two issues here – encrypted traffic never creates a false sense of security and the use of SSL and TSL are on the rise, meaning it’s only going to get harder measuring the risk encrypted data flowing through these systems.
Companies believe that moving to the Cloud, enables them to focus on innovation, and working efficiently. Shifting your entire base may give you the economic benefit of not hosting your own infrastructure but with it comes the added risk of security compromise.
Cloud’s a wonderful thing. It allows anybody with a credit card, to hook onto any system. Such “shadow IT” processes cannot be controlled. What can be done however, is to quickly design systems that reduce the potential damage that this can cause. IT companies must be ahead of the curve since users are single handedly dishing out their secure personalized information, with summer cherries on top.
If you are an IT administrator, you are probably well aware of all this and are watching your back at all times. You need mitigation options and seriously control of all layers of your security posture. Formulation and expedited response is key. Another key facet may be unsuccessful attack attempts on your systems. It gives you further insights on remediation processes that need to be followed.
To all you IT professionals who make sure we sleep well at night – “Are, you, watching closely!?