The Natilik and Cisco security teams are always working to keep customers protected against every kind of cyber-attack. As we continue to move further into 2019, here are 5 key advancements and trends we’re expecting to see develop within the security space.
1. IDENTITY SECURITY AT THE CENTRE OF CYBER SECURITY STRATEGY
With Cisco successfully completing its acquisition of Duo Security in October 2018, this signalled a major shift toward the implementation of identity security across their entire portfolio of security products. Stolen or weak passwords represented a staggeringly high percentage of hacking-related breaches last year, so it’s clear that the ability for your credentials to be compromised needs to be eradicated. A single username and password combination are no longer enough to guarantee the authenticity of a user, and Duos technology offers the contextual user-access policies needed reduce the risk of critical data being accessed by the wrong individuals. So, we are expecting to see a huge rise in investment of Multi-Factor Authentication and (MFA) and Identity Access Management (IAM) solutions over the coming months as their capabilities continue to advance.
2. NEW WORLD APPLICATION SECURITY TAKES OFF
The traditional way of thinking about application security is about to be flipped on its head. With applications moving to the cloud, the ways in which you choose to secure your workload must change. Cloud environments have advanced exponentially from past environments, and a new breed of services is needed in order to capably secure workloads. So, in 2019 expect to see Cisco at the frontline of this change. Existing products like Tetration and Stealthwatch Cloud offer an alternative to traditional application workload protection services, but these represent only the first step in what is yet to come over the next year.
3. SOC (SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTRE) CAPABILITIES CONTINUE TO IMPROVE
As both companies and technologies alike continue to evolve to take advantage of the rise in machine learning, we should expect to see SOCs capabilities becoming more productive and proactive in seeking out and preventing threats. In a recent article, Gartner forecasted that 15% of organisations with a security team compromising of more than 5 people will begin to leverage Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) tools by year-end 2020. This move aligns perfectly with Cisco’s Steathwatch and Threat Response portfolios, opening up room for continued growth in improving the SOCs ability to improve operations and drive innovation.
4. SD-WAN TRANSFORMS PERIMETER SECURITY DEPLOYMENT
As we see an increase in traffic moving to the cloud, enterprise networking is adapting the way that the traffic gets there. SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide-Area Networking) allows users to use the internet as their virtual network, offering a better user-experience and increased cost efficiency. However, this does not mean that we can compromise on security. As a result, we can expect to see security move increasingly towards the branch edge i.e. router or cloud edge and an increased significance placed on the deployment of perimeter security.
5. THE IMPORTANCE OF LEVERAGING DATA FOR MACHINE LEARNING COMES TO LIGHT
The ability to harness the power of ML technology to predict and prevent data breaches is incredible. As it continues to learn, grow and evolve, it’s ability to access and leverage your data becomes paramount. Machine Learning is a critical component within Cisco’s Security portfolio, and their differentiator within the industry becomes clear when taking into account the work of Cisco Talos Intelligence Group. Having blocked over 200 billion malicious threats in February alone, Cisco Talos is able to leverage a vast amount of data and will continue to utilise this to provide a world-class security detection and response service.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the future of Cyber Security then get in touch with your Account Manager or contact us to hear back from one of our security specialists
Laura Keen, Marketing Executive