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The Current State of Play for Threat Management in Cyber Security

The cyber security industry is constantly evolving, and it is imperative now, more than ever to keep up with the latest trends and emerging threats in order to stay on top of security risks and limit any potential exposures from both a product and consumer perspective. In this article, I dig into some of the current industry trends and provide an outlook for the future of threat management in cyber security.

One of the most pressing issues facing the cyber security industry is the increasing sophistication of cyber attacks. Cyber criminals are becoming more advanced in their methods, therefore it is no longer enough to rely solely on traditional security measures such as firewalls and anti-virus software. The threat management capabilities of the cyber security industry must stay ahead of the curve by implementing advanced threat detection as well as prevention technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and behavioral analytics. This is becoming increasingly important as the cyber security industry continues to shift toward cloud-based solutions. As more and more businesses move their operations to the cloud, cyber security must provide solutions that can effectively protect cloud-based data and applications. This requires a deep understanding of the unique security challenges associated with cloud computing, such as data privacy, multi-tenancy, and virtualization.

A further area of concern is the rise of insider threats and the ability for information to be spread quickly through viral trends and social media exposure. While external threats such as malware and ransomware are still prevalent, the risk of insider threats is growing. Insider threats can include employees intentionally leaking sensitive information, or accidentally causing a data breach through human error. The industry must develop proactive strategies for identifying and mitigating insider threats, beyond the ability to implement data loss prevention technologies and conducting regular employee training programs to limit exposure and reputational damage for consumers.

Looking to the future, the cyber security industry is expected to continue to evolve at a rapid pace. One emerging trend is the use of blockchain technology for enhanced security which has shot into common conversation via Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies emergence over the last decade. Blockchain offers a decentralized, tamper-proof way of storing and sharing data. This could be particularly useful for securing sensitive information such as financial transactions and medical records.

Another emerging technology that is expected to have a significant impact on the cyber security industry is the Internet of Things (IoT). As more devices become connected to the internet, the potential attack surface for cyber criminals increases. There needs to be deep consideration given to solutions that can effectively secure IoT devices and prevent them from being used as entry points for cyber attacks.

In conclusion, the cyber security industry is facing a number of challenges, but also opportunities for innovation and growth. It is imperative that the industry remains on the front foot and ensures that threat management strategy advancements enable both consumers and products to stay ahead of the curve by embracing emerging technologies as well as developing strategies for mitigating new and emerging threats. By doing so, we can ensure that the industry remains protected in an increasingly complex and dangerous digital landscape.

By Ray Cochrane, Technical Product Manager at Rapid7

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