As every year, the big game of predictions of new trends is in full swing. So I decided to offer some thoughts on the cloud market and security by relying on the latest developments that I have seen.
Threats to IoT will force nations to engage in international fight against piracy
After the incidents that hit critical infrastructures in France, the United States and Ukraine this year, and faced with the risks of piracy of electronic voting machines, the administrations of many countries have decided to take up the problem of cyber espionage with arms. the body. If the United States has succeeded, through closed-door diplomatic negotiations, in reducing China’s computer attacks on private sector companies, piracy of connected objects is a challenge for the United States. another dimension.
On the defense side, the European Union has enacted legislation calling for a minimum of cybersecurity measures to protect critical infrastructure, and the US is expected to follow suit in 2017.
Strict regulations affect corporate cybersecurity policy
Consumer privacy laws are meant to act as a deterrent and punish security breaches that lead to data breaches. However, until now, regulators seem to have limited themselves to mere reprimands. At the instigation of Europe and the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the data protection authorities are increasing their vigilance and reviewing the amount of the fines upwards. The importance of the financial penalties imposed at the end of 2016 for violating the HIPAA regulations and EU directives on personal data set the tone for the coming year. There is no doubt that the entry into force of the GDPR in 2018 will encourage international companies to introduce additional controls for the protection of confidentiality.
Data breaches affecting cloud service providers sensitize businesses to the risks of the “logistical fabric”
The Cloud has transformed the traditional supply chain into a “logistics canvas” where trading partners exchange data via digital gateways on the Internet. An average company deals with 1,555 different business partners via cloud services, and 9.3% of files hosted in the Cloud and shared externally contain sensitive data. In the new cloud economy, data passes into the hands of more people than ever before. A data breach can affect the external partner of a company whose IT department and purchasing department have never heard of.
Restructuring IT departments with the promotion of CISOs
With the advent of virtualization, information technology occupies such a strategic place in the business that CIOs now assume the role of chief operating officer and CEO. In 2017, security will become a driving force for strategic business, both in internal systems and products. Today, all companies use software, so they need the expertise of software security providers. In 2017, security will confirm its role as a competitive advantage by helping CISOs reduce time to market for products and ensure the confidentiality of customer and employee data.