Five Security Technologies to Consider in 2016
To say cyber threats evolve with the evolution of technology each year would be trite. A more alarming statement, and one that would depict more clearly the need for more sophisticated security technology, is that threats, while continuously evolving, also intrude via firewall perimeters and overcome SIEM detection and prevention systems (both IDS and IPS platforms). This more or less renders all security efforts useless, if security technology systems aren’t continually updated, at the speed of which malware is evolving.
One of the new roles of security technology according to CIO is to have systems that are advanced enough to address more than just information confidentiality, and encompass reputation and customer channels. The need of the hour, therefore, is to prepare for future consequences, while building flexibility and scalability for high impact security.
Here is a list of security technologies to adopt to stay ahead of the malicious malware game:
1) Will the Newest Biometric Security Tech, please stand up:
At the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, a company showcased a product that lets a user access ATM machines by just keeping their eyes open. Research and consequently production of biometric tech has advanced and will be one of the key players in security technology. Biometric security involves technology that recognizes and validates users before it allows access to any platform.
2) Big Data Big Safety
Monitoring all computing potentiality and capability in an enterprise will enable security information systems to create greater dimensions and volumes of data to analyse, thereby allowing SIEM systems to forecast security needs for potential future threats. Organizations are vulnerable to data breaches and cyber attacks; they will need to upgrade their IT security accordingly. Continuous monitoring and analysing of data, while allowing for probable external threats, will allow security operators to develop a presumptive pattern so they can identify when aberrations occur.
3) Heavy Cloud Cover
One of the best ways to establish information security as a cloud computing provider is to ensure a provision is made for certifications so customers can evaluate security for specific purposes. Some organizations provide these certifications Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), which respectively provide the SSAE 16  and CoBIT 5  frameworks. Other organizations provide frameworks for specific services or industries such as the Payment Card Industry (PCI (News - Alert)) Data Security Standard (DSS) .
4) IoT Security
IoT security is the effort involved in protecting connected devices and networks. One of the key acknowledgements while considering IoT Security is to consider that it has to be part of the device’s function, as opposed to a clip-on feature. These need to be embedded at the operating system level. Device authentication upgrades and patches, firewalls, deep packet inspection, IPS, industry specific protocol filtering, access roles and controls are some of the security technologies to consider while analysing a device or network’s life cycle.
A ready and attractive target, smartphones provide malware operators with an unguarded access to data. According to an article by CIO, while developing apps within an enterprise, it is vital to follow testing steps and manage user devices in line with existing asset management policies. Penetration testing while developing an app is a sure-fire method to make sure that company info is not retained within the app.
These are just some of the technologies that security leaders should consider, to evolve at par with continuously growing threats. Considering the current business setting, security technology can protect emerging digital efforts while facilitating risk management within organizations.
About the Author:
Lucjan Zaborowski is the Head of Digital for 1E. Lucjan is also an experienced marketer and project manager with a solid understanding of digital acquisition and optimization, product marketing and program management. He has over six years of experience in multi-channel digital acquisition. He is keen to learn and stay up to date with the latest marketing trends.
Edited by Alicia Young