Reading the Tea Leaves: Gartner’s 10 Security Predictions
Gartner recently released its 10 Security Predictions detailing how changes in security influence behavior from the IT department all the way up to the C-suite. A few of these seemed applicable to many of Globalscape’s users, so I thought I’d share some thoughts on the issues and how to get ahead of these predictions.
1. Through 2020, 99% of vulnerabilities exploited will continue to be ones known by security and IT professionals for at least one year.
When it comes to managing vulnerabilities, it’s important for organizations to minimize risk quickly and proactively prepare or monitor in the event of an exploit. Gartner recommends focusing on addressing vulnerabilities that are known, which is always a good practice.
Globalscape constantly watches for new vulnerabilities or malware to ensure our secure file transfer solutions have the appropriate patches or defenses to avoid potential security issues for our users. However, the team at Globalscape is also adept at helping an organization determine if a vulnerability will affect their file transfer system, and what steps can be taken to fix the issue.
2. By 2020, a third of successful attacks experienced by enterprises will be on their shadow IT resources.
Shadow IT, or the use of unauthorized applications or software, can be a complex issue to manage. There are a couple of items that can help you build a framework that empowers employees without sacrificing the integrity of the security environment. First, it’s important to establish and layout policies that outline not only what tools are approved and how to use them, but also have some monitoring and enforcement in place to track unauthorized usage.
Second, determine why other apps or software is being used and what employee-based criteria might help increase adoption when selecting new technology (i.e., user interface, remote access, mobile support, etc.). Third, re-educate regularly. Proactive efforts to create an environment that considers the users’ perspective along with the needs of the IT team to protect the business will go a long way to minimizing risks.
3. By 2018, the need to prevent data breaches from public clouds will drive 20% of organizations to develop data security governance programs.
Public clouds offer a number of benefits to users looking for a way to scale quickly or reduce overhead costs. Use of the public cloud does mean addressing some potential security concerns that may not be associated with an on-premises or private-cloud infrastructure. It’s important to check with the cloud provider to have a complete understanding of the security policies already in place and how those align with your organization’s needs or business.
When it comes to cloud managed file transfer, it’s important to seek out technology that provides high levels of security along with the appropriate data management requirements like transparency, efficiency, compliance, and agility. This technology can help organizations go a long way to address potential vulnerabilities and better monitor the flow of data into and from the cloud.
If you’re considering a cloud-based MFT solution, take a look at EFT Cloud Services. It provides the security of Globalscape’s award-winning, on-premises EFT platform, delivered through the cloud.
Of course, if you have any questions or concerns about how potential security risks could affect your business, don’t hesitate to reach out to Globalscape today.
Peter Merkulov – Vice President of Product Strategy and Technology Alliances
Peter Merkulov serves as Vice President of Product Strategy and Technology Alliances at Globalscape. He is responsible for leading and overseeing the product strategy, product management, product marketing, and technology alliances teams.