Security-based solution provider, Check Point is educating its customers to be aware of security trends arising in Australia.
About 50 customers and partners gathered in Sydney for the company's End User event, at which Check Point data protection and endpoint manager in A/NZ, Gareth Cox, outlined Gartner’s 2011 security trends that will shape the IT industry. He also demonstrated how to achieve data protection in a day.
Cox focused on five key security trends that arose from a Gartner security trends research, which surveyed CIOs and chief security officers within IT companies. Top trends arising from the yearly survey, done on a yearly basis, include:
1. Reducing consolidation and reducing complexity within the network
Cox said that 51 per cent of respondents looked at managing the complexity of security solutions as a major concern going forward. Number two on that list was enforcing the security policies. IT companies are also facing having the same trained individual being able to have the same skills for all the different point products within a network.
“29 per cent on the data they looked at showed breeches from inside the security network and 23 per cent is preventing data loss from theft from employees inside the network,” Cox stated.
Check Point did another survey of its customers and some businesses had up to 14 different network point products being managed in their infrastructure. He said that customers should look towards a layered approach of anti-virus instead of signature-based ones. According to Cox, this will reduce IT costs by 25 per cent and increases security.
2. Threat landscape within IT security
The company looked at a number of viruses that have been affecting the IT industry in 2010/11. Cox said that the motive behind such viruses is to retrieve people’s personal data.
“If you look at statistics today, personal data is worth more than credit card details,” he stated.
3. Data security and data loss
Gartner statistics emphasised that 81 per cent of companies that were breeched last year were not PCI compliant and 31 per cent of the companies that were breeched terminated their contracts with that organisation.
“Gartner estimates that in the next five years, data growth will be over 650 per cent. If you look at data today, we are putting it into the cloud, virtualising it or moving it onto mobile devices. So, companies should start looking at a data protection strategy,” Cox added.
4. IT consumerisation (Bring your own mobile device)
Looking at the mobile population going forward, devices are shrinking in size, enabling people to bring in these mobile devices to use in their businesses. Gartner’s analysis showed that the average number of consumers that own a smartphone is 290 million, expected to grow to 375 million next year. As such, Cox suggested companies deploy security solutions to protect the data that is being used within the mobile devices.
5. Cloud computing According to Cox, the biggest concerns going forward in cloud computing is looking at the loss of control over data, especially when hosted by a third party company. The other aspect of it is having the rights clearly defined for all employees and the reliability of the Cloud. He also added that the biggest thing going forward, that the government will be looking into, is regulatory compliance.