4 big changes coming to cybersecurity in 2020 and beyond

The pace of technology and market changes will pick up in 2020, impacting security technologies, innovation, investment, and the industry at large.

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As 2019 winds down, security analysts like me tend to compile a lists of industry predictions.  I’m still working on a comprehensive list, but I’m extremely confident that we are about to see some unprecedented changes in enterprise security technology.  These changes are already happening behind the scenes, but they will become much more visible in 2020 and beyond.

What’s happening? 

Cybersecurity has become a business-critical, extremely dynamic, massively scalable, and highly specialized discipline, but we still approach it with disconnected point tools, manual processes, and inadequate staffing.  As they say down south, ‘that dog don’t hunt.’ 

Over the next few years, these legacy tactics will become obsolete.  Instead, large organizations will rely on cybersecurity technology infrastructure based upon:

1. Tightly coupled cybersecurity technology platforms. CISOs will abandon their historical preference for best-of-breed point tools in favor of cybersecurity platforms featuring five tightly coupled components: endpoint/cloud workload security, network security, file detonation sandboxes, threat intelligence, and advanced analytics to bring everything together.  While standards will emerge to make it possible to glue together disparate tools, many large organizations will opt for a single vendor platform for the whole enchilada.  The benefits of tight integration, vendor partnerships, and streamlined operations will outweigh any incremental differences between individual point tools.

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