Security and Risk management is constantly evolving in the way it affects business and IT plans. Throughout 2020, COVID-19 was a key external influencer to such risks, due to the introduction of mass work from home arrangements and the rapid acceleration of digital business initiatives.
However, businesses can implement advanced security technologies. Thus, enabling strong protection and quick detection of security threats, the risk itself partly lies in immature IT infrastructure and lack of skilled employees to manage such technologies.
Gartner’s 2021 Planning Guide for Security and Risk Management shares three key recommendations, including:
- Firstly, Address high-exposure risk areas and security hygiene controls first. Focus on remote work scenarios and digital business initiatives, and strengthen third-party assessments. Build security use cases that address key risks, to enable strong architecture choices
- Secondly, Adapt security operations practices and controls to new environments, especially to cover cloud and remote work. Ensure these incident response and security monitoring practices are well tested. Decide on the right mix of in-house and outsourced security operations solutions. Use automation and orchestration to increase accuracy and efficiency
- Thirdly, Evolve infrastructure security to cover multi-cloud architectures, containers, service mesh and DevOps. Leverage automation and policy-as-code. Create data-centric security architecture for data processing and analytics. Increase focus on API and application security. Design endpoint security and cloud application security hand in hand to provide data security and threat protection
2021 Planning Guide for Security and Risk Management, Written by Ramon Krikken, Distinguished VP Analyst Anna Belak, Director Analyst Patrick Hevesi, VP Analyst at Gartner.
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