The week in security: Digging in for a more-secure 2020

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Now that you’re probably back to work and stuck in annual planning meetings, you’ll be thinking a lot about your key priorities – and, indeed, about just what cybersecurity is – to ensure that you improve your cybersecurity protections this year.

Experts have offered considerable guidance in this respect, with innumerable lists such as the top 6 cybersecurity trends and identification of key trends around infrastructure, applications, and security.

Yet while you’re busy looking forward, don’t forget to look around you – and consider starting with your home security system, which like every other Internet of Things (IoT) device may well be posing a real security risk for your critical data.

Indeed, no less than the World Economic Forum has flagged infrastructure cyberattacks as posing a clear and present danger this year – so be prepared.

Stronger security now, after all, makes for better data protection in the future – and cloud security promises to be a significant part of that as the cyber threat climate continues to grow worryingly.

Better digital identity management will also be key, with new technologies and frameworks promising better access management controls – and, in the process, better security that helps us leverage technology to make us better people.

This is crucial as new identity-related technologies like facial recognition create new issues around privacy and security, as well as changing the dynamics of identity and trust.

Better security is also assisted by effective vulnerability management, which like most security practices becomes more complex in a multicloud environment.

Meanwhile, Microsoft offered an Application Inspector to analyse third-party open source software for vulnerabilities.

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