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Navigating uncertain times: This is what matters for CISOs in 2021

A fully functional crystal ball would be particularly useful in these uncertain times: We have a year behind us in which almost everything that we took for granted has changed. 2021 will present numerous opportunities for companies and the security industries, but we must also expect new and harmful threats to emerge.

Neil Thacker, CISO EMEA & Latin America at Netskope, looks at five areas where major changes can be expected:

  • Threats
    It can be assumed that we will face even more insider threats over the next year. Experience shows that these increase significantly in times of economic uncertainty. This was recently pointed out by Dr. Jessica Barker, cybersecurity advisor and specialist in the psychology and sociology of cybersecurity, said, "We must acknowledge the fact that there are now and in the near future circumstances that can spark an increase in malicious insider activity."

    AI / ML-specific threats will emerge in 2021. As artificial intelligence and machine learning play an increasingly important role in the development of technological capabilities, AI / ML-specific threats will increase, such as the “poisoning” of training data sets and the corruption of models. Since ML relies heavily on cloud-based data sets, the transparency and security of activities outside of the traditional perimeter will be of critical importance here.

  • New ways of working
    Remote work is not a passing trend, it is becoming the “new normal”. This will lead to a rethinking in companies with regard to perimeter protection, the increasing irrelevance of which is becoming increasingly clear. In 2021, the realization will prevail that security must follow data. Security providers and companies that do not adapt to this are facing difficult times.

    Zero Trust and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) will converge. To effectively implement a holistic zero trust implementation, a SASE architecture is required. And these two requirements form the basis for all future digital (workplace) transformation processes, as they enable complete transparency, effective control and secure cloud transformation.

  • Network and security strategy
    The network and security transformation is showing the first economic advantages. As more organizations consolidate and move away from device-based security technologies, IT and security teams are realizing the cost savings and operational efficiencies that moving to the cloud brings. Companies that follow a framework model such as SASE when migrating to the cloud can achieve cost savings of 20 to 40 percent on average in 2021.

    The network and security teams will converge. With the move to the cloud, employees are no longer in company networks. Just like security, investments must also move with the data. The traditional network and security stack becomes less important as the network and security teams move closer together.

  • privacy
    Data protection regulations are increasing worldwide and are presenting companies with major challenges. As a result, we will see more prevalence of privacy enhancing technologies (PET), which enable organizations to share data with third parties for aggregation and analysis without the need to share raw data. In this way, companies are able to comply with the various data protection requirements.

    Data governance controls are being moved to the cloud. Businesses today use privacy controls like DLP to manage their cloud applications and infrastructure. Over the next twelve months, these controls will mature and be used to better align with data governance best practices.

    This includes, for example, the automation of the inventory of applications and infrastructure managed in the cloud. This automates data security and data protection requirements so that companies are able to implement the latest data protection regulations and ensure that data transfers are always covered by a valid data transfer agreement.

  • International cooperation
    The European GAIA-X project will gain traction and support. The EU initiative will help accelerate new business models and smart services for all businesses operating in the region. In addition, service providers also have the option of further integrating themselves via a federal infrastructure ecosystem.

    Organizations need to align their security strategies with this data infrastructure initiative. This, too, will fuel the trend away from traditional on-premise and device-based technologies towards cloud-based security approaches.

    Collaboration between security providers will increase. You could say: finally. Security technology has undergone tremendous upheaval in recent years, and the days of isolated solutions are finally over. Instead, we will see more and more cooperation between providers, for example to exchange knowledge about threats in the style of a cloud threat exchange.

    The security industry and its customers can only survive in 2021 against attackers, who often act in a highly professional and organized manner and sometimes receive state support, by bundling forces and exchanging ideas with one another.