– Gidi Cohen, co-founder and CEO, Skybox Security, says:
Tasked with ensuring the success of business-changing IT initiatives from mobile and BYOD to virtualization and cloud services, IT security is finding that existing security controls and processes create complexity instead of reducing risks. At the same time, highly publicized breaches and new forms of attacks have raised awareness of the business impact of cyber threats to the board level. The news of cyber attacks had inundated technology and international news in 2012, so with this in mind, it’s time to reinvent your security approach. Here are our 2013 predictions.
Emergence of the CIRO– The Chief Information Risk Officer will be the next evolution of the CISO, who can communicate to the board in the risk language they understand, rather than security jargon. CIROs will be looking to security to reduce risk whilst enabling the organization to achieve their strategy / objectives.
IPS emerges as key component of risk migration strategy – After 10 years of rapid sales but slow adoption, intrusion prevention systems (IPS) will play a key role in enterprise risk mitigation strategy in 2013, as confirmed by the Skybox Security Next-Generation Firewall survey in November 2012. Whilst many organizations currently use vendor-recommended IPS settings, selectively tuning the IPS based on your specific network vulnerabilities bridges the security gap and enables organizations to reap greater benefits from next-generation firewall deployments.
Big data for security – We see a dramatic expansion of the attack surface, fueled by the growth in mobile and other endpoint devices. Security organizations are recognizing the need to take a big data approach to security assessment – collecting huge amounts of data, and applying new predictive analysis tools to identify risks and breach traces in real time. In 2013 and later years, this approach will become more methodological. Specifically, we anticipate collection and correlation of network topology data, firewalls capabilities, vulnerabilities, asset information, business context, and new threats. This contextual analysis will enable security analysts to focus on the high risk attack scenarios in a faster and more methodological way.
Continuous security monitoring – The highly dynamic threat landscape requires enterprises to adopt continuous monitoring of their security risk posture rather than performing periodic security assessments. While we are already seeing this trend in vulnerability management (above), it also applies to areas such as firewall compliance, network access, and end point controls. The transition to continuous security monitoring enables the IT security organization to move from reaction to threat prevention. A high degree of automation is required, leading organizations to seek out risk management tools that can keep pace with continuous changes on a daily basis without taxing the resources of the security teams.
Next-generation vulnerability management – Today, vulnerability management is one of the security processes that organizations use to find and mitigate risks; yet, vulnerability scanning can disrupt network operations, and delivers huge numbers of found vulnerabilities without the context needed to focus mitigation activities on real priority risks. In 2013, organizations will seek out ways to correlate contextual information about network access paths and existing security controls into a next-generation vulnerability management solution that will deliver the actionable vulnerability remediation options every day that are needed to effectively prevent data breaches and cyber attacks.