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October 27, 2021

How Data Center Security Services Can Offer Future Threat Protection for Company Needs

With the advent of 2021 came both COVID-19 and a myriad of never-before-seen vulnerabilities in traditional cybersecurity practices. Businesses around the globe were forced to update their security policies and add multi-step authentication to their IT infrastructure in an attempt to minimize risks and prevent unauthorized access across their networks.

Access control is more important now than ever, especially with the number of large-scale cyber-attacks happening in real-time. Whether it’s installing intrusion prevention protocols, boosting cloud security, or increasing virtual security to stop cybercriminals from bypassing company firewalls, your data center network should always stay updated for maximum protection.

According to an article from Gartner Inc. referenced in this post, security and risk management leaders must address the following eight top trends to enable rapid reinvention in their organization and to keep-up with the ever-changing world of network security.

Data Security Industry Trends

The following are top trends that Gartner has identified within business, market and technology dynamics that are expected to have broad industry impact and significant potential for disruption in future functionality.

1) Cybersecurity Mesh

Rather than have every security tool running in a silo, a cybersecurity mesh enables tools to work together by providing foundational security services. With many IT assets now outside traditional enterprise perimeters, a cybersecurity mesh architecture allows organizations to extend security controls to distributed assets.

2) Identity-First Security

Identity-first security measures means an increased emphasis on verifying the identity of users rather than relying on user/password combinations that attackers can and do easily steal or exploit using brute-force. According to Gartner, up until now, very little time and money has been spent on effective monitoring or multi-step and biometric authentication.

3) Security Support for Remote Work 

One of the many changes that COVID-19 has brought is an increase in remote-work scenarios. This shift requires new security systems and automation for companies with employees who work at home – currently a great deal of companies! An example of increased security support is moving endpoint protection services to private cloud-delivered services.

4) Cyber-Savvy Board of Directors

Gartner predicts that by 2025, 40% of boards of directors will have a dedicated cybersecurity committee overseen by a qualified board member, and for good reason. With workers who specialize in data center security and infrastructure features, you’re much more likely to have a secure data center.

5) Security Vendor Consolidation

The large number of IT and data center security products in organizations increases complexity, integration costs and staffing requirements. In a recent Gartner survey, 80% of IT organizations said they plan to consolidate vendors over the next three years. According to them, having fewer security solutions can make it easier to respond to alerts from hackers or other security threats.

6) Privacy-Enhancing Computation

Privacy-enhancing computation techniques protect data center security while it’s being used, as opposed to while it’s at rest or in motion. This enables secure data processing, sharing, cross-border transfers and analytics, even in untrusted environments, and can help your company adopt a zero-trust security approach to prevent malware and other harmful factors.

7) Breach and Attack Simulation

Breach and attack simulation (BAS) tools provide continuous defensive assessments to protect your system from data breaches. This simulation challenges the limited visibility provided by annual point assessments like penetration testing. CISOs can then help their team workloads by identifying gaps in their security postures more effectively and prioritizing security initiatives more efficiently.

8) Managing Machine Identities

Machine identity management aims to establish and manage trust in the identity of a machine that interacts with other entities. This can be anything from unknown devices to applications, from cloud environment services to gateways. According to Gartner, managing machine identities has become a vital part of the security strategy due to an increase in non-human entities in the data center security industry.

To read the complete Garner Article on Security and Risk Management as well as to view their condensed infographic on the topic, please follow this link.

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