Predicting the future of security is no easy feat. Technological and organizational requirements are constantly changing, threats are emerging with no end in sight, and security resources are as strained as ever.
The one constant in security is that there will always be someone or something ready to exploit the first signs of vulnerability. Organizations try to shore up our defenses in an attempt to stop these attacks—creating more integrations, following more regulations and standards, and constantly pivoting to protect a broader attack surface. But somehow, the news of the latest record breach seems to be just around the corner.
Although we'd love to say hackers and threats are a thing of the past, it won’t be the case in 2019. Organizations will still have to adopt new technologies and methodologies to keep themselves and their customers safe. Fortunately, they won’t have to go at it alone.
Along with the increased risk 2019 brings—think more data sources and devices, increasing interconnection that breaks down segmentation, and more—new trends and technology will help security professionals keep pace.
Alert fatigue? It might be a thing of the past with the emergence of virtual analysts. Experienced security teams are hard to come by and are often understaffed and overworked, but machine learning-based analytics, orchestration and automation are quickly infiltrating SOCs across the globe. And don’t worry, jobs won’t go away in the process but instead evolve with new roles and opportunities.
Compliance? Standards and regulations are a must in security. The enforcement of regulations like E.U.’s GDPR will continue and will likely influence other regions and industries to take up their own standards. This will mean more tedious data management and security workflows. But again, virtual assistant-type technology will likely take the brunt of the hit.
Once seen in a skeptical light, smart technology will take a greater role in security efforts across businesses and organization big and small—and this is just the beginning.