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Cybersecurity in Enterprise Technology

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Cybersecurity in Enterprise Technology

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Trendsetter Elon Musk and leader of Spacex and Tesla see “Failure as an option and if things aren’t failing, you aren’t innovating enough”. Today many enterprises rapidly disrupt bringing change with strategy, giving rise to opportunities while simultaneously rendering existing business models obsolete. Enterprises and customers outfit their expectations by exploring new source, products, and engagement. An enterprise that doesn’t welcome this change disappears slowly giving way to their competitors.

The discussion is about Cyber security in Enterprise Technology, a skill that all company must possess not only to overcome corporate inertia but to survive in a business environment filled with instability and disruption. The task ahead of this is not small. Though many companies are in the race, only selected few deliver real value. Companies have the responsibility to explore all the cutting-edge innovations that deliver value. Despite the presence of numerous technology advancement overtime, few forces (digital, analytics, cloud, core systems, and changing role of IT within enterprise) haven’t changed after years of driving disruption and transformation.

The few technologies (Cyber-security, Analytics, Digitalization, Cloud Computing, and Networking) discussed in this article have now and in the near future will get advanced multiple times and make potential trend to make human-centered design a mandate and a critical discipline for next generation.

Cybersecurity is Powering Digitalization

With the heads-up to digital business, things keep changing. We experience lots of data shared with one another. We can always predict the need for a more decentralized computing and security architecture. All industries that accelerate their move towards digital have now recognized the growing potential of Cyber security. Updating the security patches on these huge connected devices is labor accelerated; instead automating these services are potential. Today, we see security is fabricated on the connected network devices by activating the security features in these devices or by combining them with specialist security devices or software. According to Forbes study, by year 2020, there will be 80 billion devices connected. The numbers of distributed devices that keep growing have greater demands on the central processing power.

Changing Face of Multi-Factor Authentication

User Identity and authentication have been the biggest challenges. Today, Identity is tackled using GPS built into users devices. This technology is leveraged to include the geo-location and geo-sensing that need to access devices independently whose information are primarily stored in the cloud. In the year ahead, the way one-time-passwords are used to perform critical banking transactions will be gone. Biometrics and Metadata will evolve to play crucial role.

Artificial Intelligence is the Driving Force of Future Cybersecurity

Today, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced machine learning are used to identify threats. The inclusion of AI has started slowly to achieve business impact by bringing all the three actionable items (algorithms, actionable data, and applications) together. Security companies analyze large sets of unstructured data. If suspicious activity is detected, the data is tested to come to conclusions about their source and next intrusion progression. Data is moving towards multiple environments back-and-forth and businesses are liable to strict compliance regulations in the place where data resides. Organizations consider how to embed security controls in the applications and in data that leaves your organization.

Future Trends in Cyber-security

The increasing cyber threats and attacks will force cyber-security industry to move the zero trust security models. With this approach, users have to access systems explicitly to establish trust. A few years before, users were not allowed to access corporate applications using unauthorized devices. However, in the future users have to verify their identity through multiple layers of credentials.

Enterprises authenticate whether users are entitled to access specific sets of data, before making them accessible. A Cloud-based system can be implemented to instantly authenticate and verify the process.

Deception Technology to Tackle Advanced Persistent Threats (APT)

Deception technology is the solution created to fake cyber criminals who access a legitimate set of user identities. Deception technology makes the cyber criminals to use the fake credentials and alerting the security operations team about an unauthorized user’s entry. Deception technology helps organizations to study cyber criminal’s pattern of attack and combat their entry.

Growing Artificial Intelligence and Behavioral Analytics Demand Revisit on Identity

Deep learning technique will take Artificial Intelligence and Behavioral analytics to the next level. So, what is Deep Learning? Deep Learning will allow machines to learn by themselves, rather than providing algorithms. With the help of Deep Learning, machines will start learning granular analysis of user actions.

Consider, machines analyzing humans online behavior over a period of time, to predict whether or not the person attempting to access the data or applications is really the authorized person. Enterprises will integrate artificial intelligence into their products to improve their ability to detect cyber threats in this way.

Robo-Hunters in Action

Keeping security in mind, Organizations will become predictive than being proactive. Artificial Intelligence enabled Robo-hunters will act as threat analyzer to scan, analyzes, and takes appropriate action against potential threats. These machines do a retrospective analysis to identify patterns in historical attacks.

Blockchain as Disruptor

Blockchain is another form of Zero trust security model that we discussed earlier. But, this will allow transactions to be public. Having said that, it is highly accessible and transparent to all participants, Blockchain can detect suspicious online behavior and isolate the connection, giving the user restricted access until the transactions have been sanctioned by system administrators. Already partial use of Blockchain in public key infrastructure (cryptography used to secure emails, websites, and messaging applications) is in place.

Digital Infrastructure meets Business Expectation

The hybrid IT environment meets today business demand by integrating different elements to deliver a single integrated set of services. The hybrid IT acquires capabilities from different sources. Consider a data centre that has to unite different technologies; you will have to evaluate the different tools like security, middleware, application layers guided by many decisions to deliver an end-to-end customer experience.

Today, the developers work in different clouds (Amazon, Azure, and more) to create application using different toolsets. While moving to production, it may happen in the cloud where development happened or in an internal VMware, Microsoft, and Red Hat production environment.

Now, the biggest challenge is how to bring these services securely to deliver a single cohesive experience. One way is to develop your hybrid IT environment to rationalize the number of cloud participants that is used. In this situation, leveraging just one single cloud isn’t an option, but it’s good that you need more than three or four at the infrastructure level.

Today, many organizations have started to value the expertise of a managed service provider to help them integrate the disparate elements within their environments to deliver the speed and user experience their business requires,

Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI) and Flash Storage bring Operational Benefits

Hyper-convergence is the representation of the future data centre design. Service providers offering hyper-converged environment deploy infrastructures that are fully integrated and tuned to the workloads to assure optimal performance.  Hyper converged systems with fine tuned hardware with software-defined compute, storage, and networking components will be able to pool all resources to be centrally managed and deliver success to the enterprise IT department.

Enterprises have started considering Flash storage as much more cost-effective, efficient storage solution than hard drives. IT experts consider active data to run on flash storage to ensure data center efficiency, while inactive data will move to the cloud and hard-disk drives will continue to decline and be a smaller part of enterprise storage owing to their performance and reliability.

Summary and Conclusion

Today, the Cloud computing (Private and Public) over the internet delivers scalable and dynamic IT resources as services. These services share some key attributes, such as elasticity, resource sharing, multi-tenancy, self-service, and pay per use.

Enterprises deploy the private cloud on physical infrastructure. The cloud abstract away the physical infrastructure to present the application layer with virtual computing servers, virtual storage, and virtual networking.

Enterprises gain cost advantages through virtualization and have greater security and control of resources because the infrastructure resides behind an enterprise’s firewall. Private cloud costs are accounted by IT managers at appropriate levels in the enterprise by enforcing BI analytics and chargeback. Resource usage can be proactively monitored and controlled by business intelligent dashboards and reports.

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