Top 6 Trends that Impact Your Security Posture

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Cloud Adoption

Companies are finding that the cloud enables them to increase their focus on innovation, work more collaboratively, release better software faster, and even transform their IT processes — if they can ensure security and privacy.

The move to cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 is a great test case for the public cloud model, because when you move to Office 365, you not only get the economic benefits of not having to buy and maintain your own infrastructure to run Office, Exchange, or Sharepoint, you also get better features. However, from a security perspective, a wholesale move to the cloud should not begin under the guise of a licensing agreement with Microsoft. You can't leverage the advanced economic opportunities of the cloud if you have to compromise security.

Last year, according to the 2016 Cyberthreat Defense Report from CyberEdge Group, a shocking 76 percent of enterprises were victims of a successful cyber attack. Even more shocking is that these attacks are occurring despite increased spending on security. You can interpret this several ways. Companies are either overconfident about their security defenses; they're underestimating the extent of the growing attack surface; or they're unaware of how profoundly recent trends impact their security defenses.

For many companies, it's all of the above. In any case, the place to start in strengthening your security posture is to take a more structured approach to analyzing the security impacts of recent trends and prioritizing your security investments.

Brian Kenyon, chief strategy officer at Blue Coat (now part of Symantec company), has identified six overarching trends that significantly impact the security posture of the enterprise, along with the key requirements and considerations for strengthening security defenses in each category. This slideshow will present the big picture and a discussion of these six trends.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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