Top Security Trends for 2021 and What They Mean for Businesses

2020 was a tumultuous year that none of us will soon forget. However, as we look forward to 2021, government IT services companies should closely watch some cybersecurity forecasts and trends that will shape the year ahead.

The year 2020 has been an odd and scary one for more than one reason. However, many will agree that the year was especially crucial to IT security experts.

Here are some of the top security trends that will rule this year. 

Trend #1. New threat detection and response technologies will boost efficiency and performance.

Emerging threat detection and response technologies will automate the monitoring, collecting, and correlation of data from numerous IT security stacks. This will not only enhance the performance of the business but also speed up the incident response process.

Trend #2. The attack on employees working from home and Security Operations Centers will not end soon.

Hackers are constantly ready to initiate attacks that take advantage of users’ habits, even if they do so inadvertently. In 2020, when workers were obliged to stay at home and follow work from home directives, many struggled to adapt to new technology and equipment.

Cyber attackers took advantage of the broad disruption by launching a blitz of cyberattacks against organizations that were not equipped to accommodate a remote workforce safely.

When the pandemic broke out, over 80% of businesses already adopted BYOD for workers and stakeholders. Sadly, three-quarters of those same firms preferred to rely on endpoint software installs rather than offering BYOD malware security. Furthermore, the proliferation of IoT devices, which cannot be safeguarded or managed using traditional ways, has exacerbated the problem.

Companies are still battling to accommodate a remote workforce and devices without disclosing sensitive information.

Trend #3. Budget cuts will encourage CSOs and CISOs to seek integration across security solutions.

Since the past few years, IT spending is decreasing. In 2020, the IT budget was down by over 10%. However, this trend will not carry on beyond 2021 as we all head towards normalcy. 

But Organizations can’t deny one thing. CSO/CISO/CIOs working with organizations wanting to achieve digital transformation will need to be inventive. 

We anticipate that many of these IT security experts from federal it solutions firms would look for relief in convergence solutions that can integrate numerous services on a unified platform.

Threat detection and response solutions, in particular, will be preferred for driving convergence, eliminating a fragmented array of point solutions, and providing uniform protection of all business, IT resources from a single management point.

Integration solutions will save costs by lowering the time IT and/or security teams spend on administrative duties, besides addressing dwindling budgets. 

Trend #4: Multiple security silos are being consolidated.

In 2020, the frequency of high-profile cybersecurity events increased, causing businesses to rethink their cybersecurity capabilities across all landscapes. Most businesses have built a security stack that includes too many security solutions, resulting in too many alerts and insufficient information. This has, in turn, made it difficult for the IT security team to gain the insights needed for effective threat response. 

More businesses will want enterprise-level CSOs to merge different security-related silos in 2021 to better secure essential assets and improve business.

Many CSOs will consolidate corporate security silos including, Physical security, supply chain security, IT security, OT security, product management security, safety, and environmental programs—to create a centralized organization and governance architecture.