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Cybercriminals continue to develop new ways to exploit weaknesses in network systems as business infrastructure is undergoing dramatic changes.
Recent trends and developments, including usage of cloud storage, BYODs (Bring Your Own Devices) and insecurity of mobile devices present new challenges for security professionals.
As company data finds its way into greater numbers of platforms and channels, protection of intellectual property emerges as a primary concern for the field. In this post, we will look at the top challenges facing security professionals in the coming year, as outlined in a recent report released by the Georgia Institute of Technology.
“The Cloud”, a de-localized network of servers that offer ubiquitous storage for consumers and businesses, has seen increased use in the business community over the past few years. As many as 70% of organizations are aware of, and do little about, employee use of third-party cloud technologies for storage of business information. Due to its adoption and unproven security protocols, cloud computing should be a top concern for security professionals.
Use of unsecured mobile devices connected to company wireless networks present vulnerabilities for attack. Implementation of bring your own device (BYOD) practices further complicate this picture when privacy concerns take priority over information security. Measures should be taken to secure these platforms as criminals adapt intrusion methods accordingly.
Reliance on digital records means the danger of information manipulation is high. Record forgery, profile and website infiltration, and information pollution permit manipulation of digital reputations, which is potentially damaging to businesses. Scrutiny in vetting vendors, advertisers, and contractors should guide security professionals in selecting technologies and personnel for implementation.
Unsecured platforms on Internet enabled devices pose risk of security intrusion. The “Internet of things“, which includes devices powered by software platforms incapable of executing appropriate security protocols, make detection of network intrusions more difficult. Security professionals should also consider the possibility of counterfeit devices utilizing their unique device context for entry into company networks.
Security professionals will need to anticipate emerging threats in order to establish appropriate practices and infrastructure. In particular, professionals should consider the challenges of cloud computing, non-standard mobile devices, information manipulation, and un-securable connected devices when establishing security protocols. Each threat poses its own challenges that will require specialized accommodation to secure sensitive information as these threats arise.