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Enterprise Security Trends for 2015

September 17, 2015, Communications Lifecycle Management, Mobility / Service Support

Prominent enterprise hacks, such as the Sony Pictures Entertainment breach, has shaped enterprise security trends in 2015. An RSA Research report found cyber crime increasing 11 percent year over year, so many enterprises are adjusting their security measures. There is a shift from incident response to incident prevention, which allows enterprises to improve their security agility and minimize the financial impact from data breaches and other security compromises. The following are some of the emerging security trends this year:

Communication Management

Communication management is essential to establishing the importance of enterprise security. Without an effective communication process in place, it’s easy for different parts of the enterprise to fall out of sync with each other, introducing vulnerability points where security issues could occur. Communication on enterprise security risk management is a particularly useful topic to promote across relevant management departments, according to the CSO Roundtable.

Security Budget

Enterprise security spending in 2015 focuses on several core considerations. Insurance for data-breach losses and damages addresses the risk of cyber crime, and provides enterprises with a way to avoid the related financial losses from crippling the business. Security Magazine found that 70 percent of surveyed companies were considering, or already purchased insurance coverage for this situation.

Security Recommendations

  • Many IT security budgets revolve around preventative measures only, instead of trying to proactively address potential security issues. However, 2015 finds more companies moving away from this prevention-only IT security and adjusting their budgets to put monitoring in place. Monitoring provides real-time information to IT security teams, who can quickly respond in the event of an intrusion, instead of waiting until after the system is completely compromised to take action.
  • With the proliferation of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) there is an increase risk as these devices could be lost, stolen or compromised. IT administrators should be able to centrally manage all users from a single console. Enterprises should also implement mobile safety policies for employees to reduce the threat of mobile malware.
  • Customer trust is hard to regain after a data breach compromises personal records. One way to tackle this issue is to reach out to customers before they hear about the security breach in the news and take action to mitigate their risks. Credit monitoring and other services can also provide peace of mind for the customers and rebuild their trust in the company.
  • More enterprises are also preparing for larger scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks after witnessing a 500 Gbps attack in Hong Kong. While scaling cloud servers and other anti-DDoS strategies can deter many attacks, an attack on this scale can cause significant damage to a company.

Enterprise security is a major concern in a world with increasing cyber crime. Sensitive data records are valuable for fraud, advertising and everything in between. Staying on top of enterprise security trends is an essential part of adapting to technological threats and keeping the business growing.