Digital transformation – the reimagining of business in the digital age – is bringing profound changes to architectures, process, risk tolerance, regulatory influence and data. This, in turn, is changing security and trust solutions.

The combination of cloud and edge computing, data analytics, AI, machine learning, DevOps, distributed ledger, IoT and ‘everywhere connectivity’ forms the foundation of the digital technology ecosystem.

Digital business transformation requires systems, services, APIs, data and processes to be accessible through multiple ecosystems anywhere, anytime, and from any device.

In 2020, these sprawling, complex, and often virtualised and multi-sourced infrastructures will continue the evolution of cyber security initiatives and architectures. With cyber security paramount in 2020, here are our top seven trends to watch out for.

1. The network – where security is more important than ever

Network security has typically been all firewalls and prevention, but the new perspective is about delivering different controls with the network. Digital transformation is about connecting increasing volumes of different, connected entities from disparate locations.

This increases the need to understand activity, and provide analytics and decryption techniques to gain greater insight. I see that growing in 2020, whether it’s putting controls into what is happening in the network, or at the edge of the network.

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is coming into play, increasing the need the sophistication around SD-WAN. Branch office connectivity and anything to do with hybrid infrastructure makes the network critical.

It’s interesting that while there is traditional networking, much of networking now (especially secure access service edge) has in-built security controls. Both security and SD-WAN vendors are working to create secure end-to-end connectivity, as seen via recent announcements by Palo Alto Networks and other vendors.

While there is still a distinction between networking and security, no network is deployed without considerable thought to security and the controls around it.

Another case in point is how security visibility across networks is now tied all the way back to the endpoint. So, considering its importance, connectivity is not just at the WAN edge, but from the desktop all the way through the cloud (be it hybrid, public or private). All the way, end to end.

The need for control is growing faster and faster. It’s one of the most crucial components of security and will continue to grow. Expect continued innovation here, especially as 5G becomes more mainstream.

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