Companies keen to ensure their IT security systems are as effective as possible have been encouraged to invest in the latest technologies that can serve to bolster the safety of their sensitive information.
Failure to do so can mean businesses run the risk of potentially costly data recovery practices, so IT research and advisory company Gartner has put together a list of some of the latest technologies that could help to offset this risk.
Neil MacDonald, vice-president and a Gartner Fellow, commented: “Enterprises are dedicating increasing resources to security and risk. Nevertheless, attacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication.
“Advanced targeted attacks and security vulnerabilities in software only add to the headaches brought by the disruptiveness of the Nexus of Forces, which brings mobile, cloud, social and big data together to deliver new business opportunities.”
He added security and risk leaders need to fully engage with the latest technology trends if they are to define, achieve and maintain effective security.
With this in mind, Gartner highlighted adaptive access control systems as presenting a positive method for limiting the likelihood of sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.
Meanwhile, end-point detection and response solutions (EDR) could satisfy a firm’s need for continuous protection from end-point security risks – such as desktops, servers, laptops or tablets – with EDR providing an early indication of potential threats and attacks on networks.
Big data security analytics can also play a crucial role in defending against security risks for many firms, especially given the dramatic increase in the use of big data that has been witnessed in recent years.
This technology will include domain-specific embedded analytics that enable the continuous real-time monitoring of computing entities and layers within IT infrastructure.
It works to provide patterns of ‘normal activity’ for big data usage, while at the same time flagging suspicious behaviour and highlighting when a deviation from the norm has occurred.
By 2020, Gartner predicts 40 per cent of organisations will have some form of this technology incorporated into their IT systems.
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