Top 6 Trends that Impact Your Security Posture

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Cloud Application Usage

The move to the cloud model gives the user unprecedented control over which devices and which applications he/she will use, and under what conditions. Anyone with a credit card and an Internet connection can circumvent the IT department and contract separately with multiple IT service providers. It's called shadow IT, and it has moved from an unpleasant specter haunting the IT department to a common and accepted practice that must be managed.

There is no longer any question of curtailing shadow IT — the new question is how to regain enough visibility and control to protect the user and the enterprise. Simply put, IT organizations have to get ahead of this trend because users are driving now — and putting their own privacy and corporate data at risk. Companies cannot afford continued erosion of their security posture. They need visibility, multiple inspection layers, and data inspection capabilities to empower users to take advantage of shadow IT safely.

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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