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Enterprise security will become a business challenge in 2015

Fujitsu Services : 08 January, 2015  (Special Report)
Rob Lay, Solutions Architect for Enterprise and Cyber Security in UK & Ireland at Fujitsu explains the growing challenges associated with enterprise security
Enterprise security will become a business challenge in 2015

Today’s security landscape is constantly evolving. Over the last six months alone we have seen numerous data breaches, large cyber-attacks and changes in legislation. From the Heartbleed vulnerability to the more recent Sony cyber-attacks – we saw it all last year. As such, it’s no surprise that 2014 was nicknamed the “year of the hack”.

Now as we move into 2015, security teams need to remain on high alert. So what can we expect in 2015? We think there will be three key trends that will become apparent.

Firstly, businesses can expect to see threats continue to change in nature and become more complex. Threats are constantly evolving and are becoming, in many cases, much more targeted. Cybercriminals are creating and releasing malware and other attacks which are designed to target a specific weakness in a business’ defences. There are many examples of this, with the recent iDict tool, for example, using a hole in Apple's security to repeatedly guess user passwords, allowing hackers to access any account given enough time.

In an age where threats are intelligent and evolve with new variants released as quickly as security patches are, it is not easy to create a completely watertight system. However there are a few things that companies can look to do to prepare and therefore protect themselves. Organisations need to look at the threat landscape that is actually facing their own specific business, ensure that they have an ability to respond, and gain better visibility into their operating environments. Assessing their IT environments – both internal and external facing – is absolutely vital and will help identify the kind of threat that could impact the business.

Secondly, the scale of the regulatory and legal burden facing companies will continue to increase. There is also a risk that companies get dragged into making changes to their security capabilities based on a singular need to comply with a particular regulation. This makes overall security management more difficult. Of course organisations need to comply with regulation but everything must be planned and able to fit into the overall security approach. To deal with this challenge, businesses should look at consolidating their regulatory and compliance requirements into a single set of requirements which will then allow a more strategic approach to be taken to ensuring compliance.

Finally, enterprise security will become more of a business challenge rather than IT challenge this year. Security sitting outside of the IT department isn’t something businesses should be worried about. It represents a positive change in how enterprise security is now being seen more as a business function, rather than an IT one. This is a battle the IT has been fighting for some time. There are very real business reputational and revenue consequences to a hack. As such, IT security should absolutely be a board-level business issue. In order to remain secure, businesses must develop an enterprise security model that is flexible, is aligned to the overall business strategy and can change as the IT environment, and threat landscape change around it.  In order to do this, and ensure that security efforts are focused in the right areas, businesses should ensure that their security model places risk management at the centre. This way the business can assess and prioritise its enterprise security efforts in the way which will best benefit the business.

As the threat landscape continues to develop and more regulation is put in place, organisations have more responsibility than ever to keep their business and its customer data safe. What 2015 will be the year of, we still don’t know. All businesses can do is ensure that their organisations remain vigilant, ensuring that they are safe and maintain the trust of customers.

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