5 Emerging Trends in #Cybersecurity

Source: 5 Emerging Trends in Cybersecurity – Security Boulevard. Cybersecurity trends—a result of technological developments, cultural shifts and attackers’ innovations—build upon the past. Without the Internet of Things, we wouldn’t have edge computing; without privacy concerns, we wouldn’t have such strong legislation growth. We’ve identified five emerging trends in cybersecurity, where automation is an underlying theme, that will shape the lives of security professionals in 2020 and beyond.

Cybersecurity Trend #1: Automation Will Become the Norm

Moore’s Law about technology’s acceleration rate may be nearing its end—but a subset of the maxim will continue to apply to IT security teams. The complexity and volume of firewall rules and policy are but one example: Nearly one-third of people surveyed for FireMon’s “2019 State of the Firewall” reporthave more than 100 firewalls on their network, up from 26% in 2018. Security operations (SecOps) teams are managing this complexity by bringing on more vendors and types of firewalls—in fact, juggling these is the third-most-cited challenge in firewall management, according to the report.

Between growing security threats, robotic process automation and the continued dearth of skilled workers, automation may be less a cybersecurity trend than a necessity. Companies with a need for always-on detection of network configuration changes and immediate implementation would benefit from FireMon Automation’s multi-level approach to security policy automation that gives organizations flexibility and control over their automation journey.

Cybersecurity Trend #2: Transparency Will Continue to Grow in Importance

Consumers’ awareness of privacy and security issues is growing—most notably with data breaches, but also with how companies use their personal data. Couple that with legislation like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act, and security professionals’ obligation expands beyond their clients to the public at large.

Communication about best practices may play an increasingly important role in this cybersecurity trend. Security professionals will have an ever-greater responsibility to liaise with all arms of their organizations to ensure that cybersecurity is unilaterally understood to be more than simply the territory of the IT department. It should be a standard factor in day-to-day operations, not something reserved for red alerts like data breaches.

Cybersecurity Trend #3: Security Challenges Presented by Artificial Intelligence Will Intensify

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