Network security tools and practices continue to evolve, especially as networks themselves change through underlying networking technologies.
The growth of cloud, Internet of Things, and advanced technologies, along with the increased rate of cyberattacks, is forcing the network security market to adapt.
Read on to learn more about some of the trends network security experts believe are shaping the market:
5 network security trends to watch
- Growth in cybersecurity education and knowledge sharing
- Molding Cybersecurity Strategies to a Hybrid Network Infrastructure
- The push to increase third-party cybersecurity
- Leverage AI/ML for cybersecurity log management
- Long Term Planning for a Zero Trust Architecture
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Many of the worst and latest network security breaches have occurred due to user error related to a lack of cybersecurity knowledge and best practices.
More and more companies now recognize the importance of providing resources to users at all levels, so that they have the knowledge necessary to thwart phishing and other attempted cyberattacks.
Theresa Lanowitz, Head of Cybersecurity Evangelism at AT&T Company, a leading provider of mobile, IoT, 5G and fiber solutions, believes that more executives will invest in cyber hygiene training for their employees over the next year to keep them informed of impending attacks.
“While many employees are bringing their cyber skills and learnings from the workplace into their home environment, in 2022 we will see more cyber hygiene education,” Lanowitz said.
“This awareness and education will help instill good habits and increase people’s awareness of what people should and shouldn’t click, download or explore.”
Another way for business leaders to improve their network security knowledge base is through participatory forums, where users can discuss cybersecurity best practices with other businesses and standardize best practices. in all sectors.
Adam Stern, member of the Forbes Technology Consulting and founder and CEO of Infinitely virtual, a cloud technology provider for the SMB market, said more user communities will grow over the next year to deal with new threats based on the experiences of old threats.
“Next year will be about creating an ad hoc community of users who will track these threats, find solutions and share information,” Stern said. “It’s the best, if not the only, way to fight and protect against a scattered army of bad actors.
“Ad hoc may or may not mean active coordination. This should mean increasingly relying on forums and similar venues to share and advance best practices. In this, we are all potentially empowered.
“Every hacked business, regardless of size, takes action in response — action that may involve bringing in a staff member, IT expert, cybersecurity firm, or other knowledgeable third party. to action becomes a learning experience because few tackle it alone.An organization’s misfortune can give way to shareable lessons and teachable moments.
“Indeed, as we move forward into 2022, responsible cybersecurity will increasingly rely on things like crowdsourcing, with or without an element of AI. Information/intelligence from attacks of all sizes flows efficiently from top to bottom, working its way over time into commercial antivirus/anti-malware software and best practices.
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Enterprises are increasingly turning to hybrid network infrastructure as different network types offer distinct use cases and benefits.
However, these companies have not historically focused on finding cybersecurity solutions that work equally across their entire network portfolio.
Sam Ingalls, editor for Planet eSecurity, an online publication of B2B cybersecurity reviews and reports, believes that organizations need a holistic hybrid strategy that considers cybersecurity needs across network components.
“Many organizations continue to find the right balance for the modern hybrid environment a decade after cloud computing took the IT industry by storm,” Ingalls said.
“What is clear is that no organization should rely solely on physical, software-defined, cloud, virtual, or edge network capabilities when each offers its benefits.
“Role-based access control and internal security policies remain critical as sensitive and proprietary data traverses different segments for various tasks. Because this brings additional complexity, organizations must be proactive in their hybrid strategy and ensure that security solutions are compatible with cross-environment network segments.
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Third-party vendors may offer anything from software as a service (SaaS) billing and payroll management for industrial equipment. There are a variety of reasons why third-party vendors may need access to corporate data and networking components, and the majority of businesses have at least some external users who can access networking functionality. This access is not always monitored or controlled for network security purposes.
Bindu Sundaresan, director of AT&T Cybersecurity, said organizations are beginning to recognize the need to assess and reassess third-party network authorizations as well as the potential opportunity costs of engaging a vendor.
“Third-party attacks are increasing every year as reliance on third-party vendors continues to grow,” Sundaresan said. “Organizations should prioritize the assessment of leading vendors, assessing their network access, security procedures, and interactions with the business.
“Unfortunately, many operational hurdles will make this assessment difficult, including a lack of resources, increased organizational costs, and insufficient processes. Lack of up-to-date risk visibility across current third-party ecosystems will lead to lost productivity, monetary damage, and damage to brand reputation.
Various aspects of network security management that were traditionally handled by network administrators are increasingly handled by highly skilled machines. This shift in security management responsibilities frees up time for human staff to focus on more complex security initiatives.
Ranjan Goel, vice president of product management at Logic Monitor, a leading cloud-based infrastructure monitoring company, said enterprises will start adopting machine learning (ML) en masse for managing security logs and alerts.
“IT managers use machine learning in cybersecurity products to quickly identify malicious activity with the least amount of human intervention possible,” Goel said.
“The next frontier of ML deployment for most companies is the automated mechanism to simplify log and alert management and get to the root cause of issues as quickly as possible. This can help reduce customer digital infrastructure downtime, including airline systems going down for several days or e-commerce applications going down during the busy holiday season.
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Few cybersecurity departments have fully developed and applied zero trust practices to their businesses, despite the rise of user-level cyberattacks.
Ingalls from eSecurity Planet explained the value that enterprises will find if they begin to deliberately plan their zero-trust architecture.
“Anyone familiar with implementing the principles of zero trust and microsegmentation knows that achieving zero trust is not an easy or short-term project,” Ingalls said.
“Instead of starting the discussion, organizations should consider the additional benefits of adopting a Zero Trust architecture. By starting with a comprehensive inventory of IT assets and vulnerable network segments, administrators can gain visibility to prioritize specific security policies.
“At the heart of a Zero Trust architecture is a security framework that isolates and protects an organization’s most valuable network segments. Although administrators have a few options, the next-generation firewall (NGFW) on the market today offer the advanced security features needed to combat sophisticated threats.
“Strategically placing NGFWs internally may seem unnecessary, but it’s another valuable, user-friendly layer of protection.”
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