The new year brings exciting opportunities and new innovations that every business – and every service provider like you – can take advantage of. But for every key stakeholder or decision-maker, security challenges must stay at the forefront of their minds.
In fact, cybersecurity is more important now that it’s ever been. Together, we all face a vast range of threats, concerns and regulatory changes that make an all-encompassing, proactive, thorough approach to data protection essential. In this blog, we’ll highlight five of the big security issues that both you and your clients will need to consider in 2018.
The shortage of human expertise
It’s been known for some time now that there is a significant gap between the number of skilled cybersecurity experts out there and the number that are needed by enterprises. But that gap is still growing, and is expected to reach 3.5 million by 2021.
This shortage means that enterprises are crying out for alternative methods of detecting and protecting against cybercrime. So this is where you, as a service provider, can make the most of the opportunity by equipping clients with unified endpoint security solutions. These can ensure that whatever devices are connecting to a company’s network, and whatever sensitive data a company holds, automation and artificial intelligence can protect against even the newest of threats.
The demands of GDPR
You’ll be fully aware by now that the introduction of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is just around the corner. Coming into force on May 25, it will not only affect the relationships that your clients have with their customers: it’ll change their employer/employee relationships, too.
From a service provider perspective, it’s going to be critically important to react quickly to client challenges that arise as they adapt to GDPR. This is especially the case for clients with a large part of their computing footprint and data based on mobile devices. As you’ll read in this blog, defining the lines between corporate and personal data in a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) set-up will be particularly important.
Continued growth of data
The amount of data created and held across the globe is still rising at a rapid pace, outstripping many predictions. The estimated total size of the internet grew tenfold between 2015 and 2017, heading into the Zettabytes (billions of terabytes). This growth is causing headaches for enterprises: as they strive to ensure that as they accumulate more and more data, the pressure is on to make sure that high levels of security are maintained.
This is where service providers have a key role to play, because this growth is happening so fast that enterprises may struggle to keep things secure and under control on their own. By setting them up with a cloud-based infrastructure, you can give them a perfect combination of leading-edge security and easy scalability for their expanding mass of data.
Beware IoT vulnerabilities
One of the most disruptive threats to enterprises in 2017 was the use of botnets, conducting Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks through devices connected to the Internet of Things. As this blog explains, several high-profile attacks have demonstrated that security for IoT devices has been overlooked and neglected, and that cybercriminals are taking full advantage to cause extensive damage to businesses.
Helping clients protect against this goes further than just the security solutions that make granular security and patch management easy. Just as important is to educate clients and help them breed a culture of proactive, vigilant security that considers every single device on their network, and not just everyday laptops and servers.
The ransomware battle intensified
Ransomware probably generated more headlines than any other IT security topic in 2017, and it’s a problem that isn’t going to go away any time soon. Enterprises big and small will continue to be at risk, and face dire consequences that could severely damage their businesses if they’re affected.
Service providers can help clients reduce their risk of ransomware attack by equipping them with security defences that work in real-time and are constantly updated. By acting first when new updates and security options become available, providers can keep their clients ahead of the game, and well-protected when an attack does come along.
The key takeaway
The theme that runs through all of these issues is one of reaction speed. It’s clear that providers and clients that don’t make a constant effort to develop and maintain robust security for all data and devices will quickly find themselves under serious threat of security hazards.
From the specific perspective of a provider, the way to make sure this doesn’t happen is through cognitive-enabled, unified security solutions that take every security need of a client into account. Putting one in place gives a client protection and reassurance, and gives a provider like you a solid, profitable business relationship.