There’s no real long-term goal for current security models
When you consider current cybersecurity plans, you imagine it in the short term. Proactive architecture for immediate threats with roadmap considerations for, say, the next handful of years. But what about in the next five years? What about in the next decade?
A lack of long-term planning for IT threatens the stability of a business. The causes for this vary, rooted in budgetary concerns coupled with a lack of available IT and cybersecurity experts. And while the barrier of entry for cybersecurity is still very high, but threats facing networks are not going anywhere.
Critical modern-day cybersecurity problems are:
- Lack of capital resources for immediate and long-term cybersec needs
- Void of experts for professional teams to help develop solutions
- Rate at which malicious threats evolve is outpacing current and future security models
- Growing fatigue with overburdened staff while leaving all workloads to CISOs
- Expanding use of remote and unsecured networks
The current problems are the hotbed for future complications. An enterprise that can’t keep pace with modern cybersecurity demands risks facing a business-ending breach event (or similar).
The solution exists, but is challenging to achieve
So how does the modern SMB and enterprise counter these issues? The answer is obvious, but, it doesn’t mean it’s easy to accomplish. Get more experts, invest additional capital into IT infrastructure, onboard more security staff.
Sure, the answer is to train and educate staff on good cybersecurity practices while simultaneously strengthening remote infrastructure (if relevant). But even if accomplished, there’s no guarantee this is the face of cybersecurity in the next 5 to 10 years (and it’s not). Companies are doing what they can to shift into cloud solutions, introduce automated models into their infrastructure, and bring on experts. But those require resources, and there is no guarantee they can keep up with the changing face of IT and modern digital threats.
It doesn’t mean the situation is hopeless, but it does require rethinking our approach for the long term.
How do we prepare for future cybersecurity?
In frankness, how we best prepare for the long-term cyber safety is a matter of understanding trends, investing in the right infrastructure, and pulling from a market of newly trained experts. That sounds like a non-answer, but unless any of us have access to a time machine, we can’t predict the exact future. However, we can look at trends and understand what best suits modern infrastructure. Automated solutions, agile cloud model architecture, and securing remote resources (if applicable) are trend-catchers and big pieces of future IT. Is it the future of IT? We can’t say for certain. But, taking advantage of it is one way to create proactive cybersecurity solutions.
What a lot of enterprise leaders seek out today, however, are resources from third parties. Managed service providers, for example, provide the infrastructure (experts, cloud models, hardware) where SMBs are lacking. In the long term, more companies will utilize third-party resources, since they can help from anywhere.