Dec 12

Industry Insights

IT security trends to watch out for in 2020

As we enter a new decade, business leaders of all sizes are realising the need to put technology at the forefront of their business strategy to succeed and grow. This also means that the associated risks of using technology for business have become a major consideration. However, major data breaches continued to hit the headlines throughout 2019 and it appears that organisations are still struggling to secure their business.

How will the security landscape evolve in the next 12 months? What are the key trends that businesses need to look out for to keep their data protected? Here are four IT security trends that every business leader should keep an eye on in 2020.

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1. Flexible working solutions

Businesses will continue to embrace flexible working solutions for their employees in 2020. Effective remote working solutions enable seamless communication between teams and ensure work can be completed just as efficiently as traditional work methods. However, as mobile working and bring your own device policies become more common in the workplace to meet employee expectations, new threats and risks will emerge.

Personal devices - such as smart phones and laptops - which employees use to access company data often don’t have the same level of security measures in place as on work devices. The result is an increased risk of suffering a data breach. Remote access solutions that balance collaboration and ease of use with a multi-layered defence that includes device and access management will become more prevalent.

2. Outsourcing to tackle the skills gap

The demand for experienced cybersecurity professionals remains well ahead of supply. As threats evolve and grow in sophistication, it can be challenging for in-house IT teams to keep up with the latest security developments and put preventative measures in place.

More businesses will turn to outsourced managed IT providers to leverage their security expertise. As long as the competition to recruit and maintain high quality employees intensifies, outsourced functions like IT management will grow in popularity as a viable option to ensure business continuity.

3. Evolving threat landscape

The capabilities of technology have changed dramatically over the last 10 years. It’s no surprise that the associated threats have also changed massively over the same time period. As technology evolves, so too does the sophistication of cyber-attacks.

Looking to the year ahead, cybercriminals will develop new advanced methods of attack - from hacking unsecure IoT devices, all the way to using deep-fake voice changing software to exploit audio-activated technology. Employees must be educated on how to spot and report new forms of attack, as well as more common attacks which will become increasingly hard to detect, such as phishing emails.

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4. Focus on data heavy organisations

Companies who deal with large amounts of sensitive user data will continue to find themselves under threat of data breaches and business disruption. Businesses in the healthcare or finance industry, for example, will increasingly become key targets for cyberattacks.

IT downtime can pose a major problem for these businesses in terms of regulatory sanctions and long term reputational damage. It is crucial that these organisations are confident that they have adequate security and business backup and continuity solutions in place.

2020 is set to be another fast-paced year for technology advancements. From increased data regulation to new flexible working conditions, is your company ready for what lays ahead?

If you would like to find out more about technology management and how it can help to safeguard your organisation, get in touch with the Novi team.