The Future of Enterprise Security and Managed Security Services Role

The Future of Enterprise Security and Managed Security Services Role
Increasing cyber threats is driving the need to enhance enterprise security measures foreseeing the business requirements. The changing aspects of the threats continue to be common across all organizations, irrespective of their size & industry. Invaders just need a single weak point to exploit, and the attack surface is expanding with rising technology imprint. Thus, these technology advancements increase the risk posture of cybersecurity and stringent regulations put pressure on organizations to opt for Managed Security Services (MSS) to achieve overall enterprise security.
Some of the key trends shaping up the future of enterprise security needs are,

Increased Mobility and Connectivity

Use of mobile/handheld devices substantially expands the attack surfaces, by giving different openings to cyber-criminals to exploit critical business assets. The expanding number of connected devices in the organization requires scalable, multilayered, and centrally managed information security services. Amid the pandemic, remote working options tapped talent across world that reduced operational costs involved in running office workplaces while improving the productivity. However, this new normal brings in additional security challenges for IT in terms of data security, loss of control over business information as more people connected over unsecured networks (Public/Home). With increased workforce mobility, enterprises look up to future-proof themselves from security risks.

Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD)

Growing acceptance of bring your own devices (BYOD) in workspaces allows employees to access corporate data through personal devices to improve productivity & flexibility. It remains as a major opportunity as well as a challenge for any organization. Only by having a right and effective BYOD approach & policy, enterprises can reap the real benefits of BYOD without impacting the security posture.

Adoption of Cloud Technology

Cloud technologies have been a paradigm shift in the IT domain. All over the world, enterprises use cloud services in the form of software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), or infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), storage-as-a-service (StaaS), malware-as-a-service (MaaS), database-as-a-service (DbaaS), etc. It helps organizations increase their capabilities with minimal CAPEX and offers exceptional benefits in terms of high availability, scalability, and resource sharing, while possibly posing security issues. Organizations need to balance between the benefits & security threats and challenges they may face during their cloud journey. With security and reliability concerns, enterprises need to take optimal decisions while moving IT functions to the cloud.
Thus, organizations need to prioritize cyber security and try to operate under the notion of being attacked anytime and emphasize on security operations. Managed Security Services (MSS) makes it easy for organizations to ensure efficient & effective security operations while coping with the future needs of enterprise security.
Managed Security Services Providers (MSSP) offers a wide range of sub-functions that encompasses the entire security requirements of an enterprise. Common among them are Managed Intrusion Prevention/Detection Systems (IPS/IDS), which regularly monitors the network signs of any forced entry. Endpoint Security which keeps an eye on all endpoints across enterprises, Extended Detection and Response (XDR) collects security details across endpoints and gives correlated visibility to threat information that help detect attacks in future, Identity and Access Management (IAM) which protects critical data from unauthorized users, Mobile Device Management (MDM) gain visibility and control over all mobile devices across organizations. Other MSS applications include Anti Distributed Denial of Services (Anti DDoS), Application Security, Multifactor Authentication (MFA), Security Information & Event Management (SIEM).
To summarize, with the proliferation of hand-held devices, cloud platforms, adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and diversified workforce has significantly increased the vulnerability of enterprises. To operate in an integrated way to ascertain availability and security, enterprises need to implement coverage and control measures to ensure maximum uptime and minimum disruption. To make this happen it is critical to look for a good MSSP to help achieve operational and security effectiveness.
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Written by
Kanthanathan S
Kanthanathan is an experienced thought leader and technologist with over 20 years in the IT Industry, he is associated with SBA since its inception and is responsible for technology acquisitions and propelling the business transformation of SBA from a system integrator to a technology services firm.
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