We live in a time of rapid IT transformation, from data technologies to workforce locations. Amid all these changes, here are some important trends to keep in mind.
1. Business is moving to the cloud: IT monitoring and security now needs to catch up
Even before the pandemic, more companies were moving more IT assets and services to the cloud. The shift to a remote workforce in 2020 has only accelerated this trend. Companies realized that they could retire legacy on-premises systems, modernize their IT infrastructure, and adopt cloud-first architecture to better support remote employees at the same time.
In a survey conducted by Deloitte in 2020, 68% of CIOs ranked moving to the cloud or expanding private cloud services as a top IT priority, an increase of 20% from six months prior. According to this same survey, CIOs predict that between 2019 and 2021, workplace workloads will drop by a whopping 41%.
Providing security for new cloud-based organizations with no perimeter is the biggest security challenge for 2021 and beyond.
Enterprise IT teams need security, risk, compliance, and operational solutions that address cloud-based endpoints as well as traffic flows, asset configuration tasks, performance monitoring, capacity planning, and other IT services required to migrate the cloud itself. When a business moves to the cloud, security and compliance must be followed.
2. The new security paradigm: from a castle and a ditch to 10,000 castles
Along with the change to the remote workforce and cloud-based infrastructure is coming a change in security paradigms. For decades now, IT security products and processes have been engineered aAbout the “Castle and Trench” model.
The place of work was the castle. Most of the business IT operations took place inside the castle, on the premises. The fortress was fortified with perimeter defenses such as firewalls and IDS systems. The DMZ network served as the moat, separating potentially hostile outsiders from the assets within the castle walls.
But when data and services move to the cloud and employees move to their home offices, the “castle and moat” model breaks down. Today, every endpoint, whether it’s a cloud platform or an employee’s laptop, is virtually a new fortress, a small repository of valuable assets outside of the old castle fortifications. But old forms of attack, such as phishing, port scanning and car web infections, still occur.
The end point is the new battlefield. IT organizations need new tools and strategies to emerge and defend; Solutions that can monitor and manage thousands of small castles.
3. AI and machine learning need cybersecurity and data quality
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can help organizations improve business processes and deliver new products and services. But if these technologies are poorly managed, they can become liabilities rather than assets.
Along with data teams, security teams must ensure that all phases of the AI/ML DevOps lifecycle run on secure, robust, and certified platforms. Increasingly, protecting these platforms is fundamental to protecting a company’s intellectual property and competitive advantage.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning can be applied to cybersecurity and business operations. But artificial intelligence and machine learning systems are just as effective as the quality of the data that is entered into them. AI-powered security systems must rely on reliable, telemetry, and real-time data that reflects the current state of endpoint security, rather than stale data collected in batches on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis.
4. WFH shows how disruptive the asset management workflow is
Even before turning into a remote workforce, IT asset management was an overlooked discipline in many IT departments — an aspect of 21st century IT that often relied on 20th century technologies and processes, such as spreadsheets and surveys. .
The application of cloud technology and automation for asset management can give IT departments Accurate and comprehensive endpoint inventories They’ve been missing so far.
Some companies are making progress using modern asset management approaches. Laggards who stick to outdated technologies, including often incomplete or outdated CMDBs, take significant risks in operations, finances, security, and compliance.
5. A rotating chair approach to IT management can make IT teams feel dizzy
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, the cloud, and now augmented and virtual reality: it seems that every major IT transformation requires a new set of IT tools. In an effort to keep up, IT departments can find themselves acquiring fragmented tools and ending up with a mixture of overlapping capabilities and confusing, even redundant workflows. The proliferation of tools risks increasing IT training costs and overheads and reducing the overall effectiveness of IT organizations.
Whenever possible, IT organizations should adopt end-to-end platforms that include multiple tools that are integrated in a coherent manner. Standardization on these broad, feature-rich platforms simplifies training and the processes themselves and improves IT responsiveness even as IT technologies continue to evolve.
6. Zero Trust models emerge to secure endpoints and accounts
One of the most recent changes in enterprise IT includes security risks: 63% of cybersecurity experts report increased threats since the epidemic began. With threats and endpoints becoming ever more diverse, distributed, and fragile, it is time to adopt the “zero trust” model of IT security.
This model assumes that by default no user on any endpoint anywhere can be trusted. In an environment of distrust, no one enters anywhere without authentication.
Zero Trust Security means answering these questions in real time: Who is logging in? on what device? Is the device properly configured? Is it company owned or employee owned? If it’s the latter, does it have the right partitioning software to secure work-related activity while keeping personal data private? Are the operating system and applications updated? Have the latest security patches been installed? Is the endpoint running unauthorized apps? Was it used to access unauthorized sites?
In a rapidly changing IT world with thousands of “trenchless castles” of protection, Zero Trust is an IT security strategy that makes sense on premises, in the cloud, and everywhere remote.
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