The grim events of early 2020 have prompted organizations to shift priorities across the board, and security processes are no exception. Cybersecurity is While the current working environment has presented numerous short-term challenges, it has also caused security leaders to take a fresh look at what really matters to their businesses. The cybersecurity trends that emerge could ultimately make organizations more resilient in the long term.
With digital infrastructure more critical than ever to the operations of many businesses, executives are more attentive than ever on securing them. A recent study found that 70 percent of enterprise chief information officers (CIOs) anticipate investing more in cybersecurity in the immediate future. This has implications across people, processes and technology.
Why Cybersecurity Professionals are in High Demand
Given that skilled cybersecurity professionals continue to be in desperately short supply while businesses plan to ramp up investments even more, we can expect that demand for skills will remain high.
Adobe reported that 40 percent of CIOs expect to increase headcount in their cybersecurity organizations compared to their original plans. More people will be required to staff help desks and to attend to security processes such as supporting devices outside the office. Attention will also turn to shoring up web servers, securing remote access ports and troubleshooting endpoint devices.
With travel limited for many security professionals,there are many jobs that need to be filled.
Cloud providers have seen a surge of new business as organizations have sought to quickly employ software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications to cope with rising e-commerce demands and the need to support employee collaboration and communication. More people will be required to ensure that those services are available and properly configured, and that access is controlled and monitored.
The shift of large numbers of people to remote work environments will likely drive a corresponding need for processes that support and secure endpoints, which IDC has estimated are the origination point of 70 percent of successful breaches. In particular, home-based workers will need to be educated on the risks of attacks like ransomware, which has surged in recent months. The risk of successful ransomware attacks has grown because of the higher likelihood of users clicking on phishing emails related to the current crisis and financial relief programs.