5 Cybersecurity Trends to Be Thankful for in 2020

2020 was challenging. These cybersecurity trends made it a little better.

While the threat of cyber crime is evolving, the cybersecurity industry has advanced in step. Below is a list of security trends we are grateful for this year.

  1. Artificial intelligence— AI is steadily becoming more powerful and beneficial for enterprise cybersecurity and threat detection. It monitors user behavior, detects traffic patterns and anomalies, detects, identifies, and monitors malware, and frees human resources from performing time-consuming manual tasks.
  2. Extended detection and response capabilities— XDR solutions help centralize and correlate security data from multiple sources within an IT environment. They are an improvement over siloed tools, like endpoint detection and response (EDR), because of the visibility they provide into network data and unmanaged devices.
  3. Security process automation— Much like AI and machine learning, automation removes repetitive security tasks from IT personnel’s plates, which is particularly important during the ongoing cybersecurity skills shortage. Automated security tasks can be performed more rapidly and with fewer errors.
  4. Focus on enterprise-level security leadership— Many businesses are recognizing the importance of maintaining a chief information security officer (CISO) to lead IT initiatives that align with business goals. With effective leadership in place, IT, operational technology (OT), physical, supply chain, product management, and environmental security management come together under a clear governance model to improve visibility and effectiveness of security projects.
  5. Zero-trust— Remote work is the norm during COVID-19, making remote access technologies and their security a top priority. Organizations ahead of the curve have replaced traditional VPNs with zero-trust network access, which obscures applications from the Internet, reducing the risk of a hacker exploiting VPN connection vulnerabilities to gain larger network access.