Organized crime. Insider intel. Blackmarket rings – These terms sound like they belong in a Hollywood movie or history book, not at work! But unfortunately for CIOs, they are becoming commonplace lingo around the office. We are a quarter of the way into the year and still managing a new swoop of technologies, each with their own data storage needs and concerns. Information technology departments everywhere are managing their 2018 initiatives with an increased focus on protection solutions. In the 21st-century digital age, a classic motto gets an upgrade: security first.
- Detection & Response. This is a top security trend for a reason – with the integration of the Cloud into existing hardware data storage solutions, there are small gaps in existing solutions which present many risks. Organizations must foresee these potential issues and focus on preventing them, rather than waiting to respond when an issue does arise. The Detection & Response strategy guards the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information by recognizing threatening patterns and analyzing new ones. A one-size-fits-all premade security structure was designed for typical hardware viruses and does not account for the consistent monitoring required by the Cloud.
- Insider Threats. If we learned one thing from Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report, it’s this: sometimes the worst threat can come from the inside. Employees, partners, contractors, and even people working outside of the information technology department have all been guilty of stealing data and disabling systems. In fact, just two years ago, the source of 1 in 4 data breaches was internal. What’s worse – these incidents can take months or years to discover according to Verizon, which is far too long considering that a reputation takes only minutes to destroy.
- Demand for Talent. As companies generate more data than ever before, more data security specialists are desperately needed. In fact, the field has a 0% unemployment rate. These team members will need to structure data governance for the constantly changing digital ecosystem, calling for a solid grasp on key concepts and a quick ability to learn new ones. For all working in information technology, leadership and organizational skills will continue to become critically important, separating the good from the great CIOs.
- Organized Cybercrime. Using the same communication tools that we all use – think chat rooms, shared files – attackers can pool information and organize major hacks. They work entirely digitally, and thus do not have the physical constraints of previous criminals. They may plot for months to take down a data storage system in a few seconds – every CIO’s worst nightmare.
- An Arms Race. According to McAfee’s recent threat predictions report, machine learning will be undertaken by both cybercriminals and information technology teams. Each will want to “outlearn” the other, calling for CIOs to be more vigilant than ever.