Time to Move Towards Frictionless Security

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Time to Move Towards Frictionless Security-01

With advancing technology and expansion of work environment, comes sophisticated cyberattacks. Experts urge vendors to invest in simple, frictionless solutions

Several organizations from different sectors are beginning to depend on security vendors for their supposedly easy cybersecurity solutions. But IT experts believe that vendors increase the complexity of the available solutions. According to a Gartner study, while 78 percent of CISOs have over 16 cybersecurity tools in their vendor stack, 12 percent include more than 46. The situation reflects the importance of frictionless security.

With the ability to secure private sector properties, frictionless security can safeguard national security interests as well. IT leaders need to constantly remind their team that sophisticated threats are never targeted at a single source but rather prepare an interconnected attack through several data networks and supply chains. As a result, they generate a virus-like contagious effect that spreads through the public and private sectors. Experts recommend some strategies for frictionless security to downsize the level of magnitude.

A long list of offered security tools and solutions might create a false effect of better security. The number of tools and money put into cybersecurity does not equate to decreasing cyber threats. Some vendors do not realize that companies do not buy by quantity and price but rather, on the easy use and deployment of the tool.

A seamless UI with a simple deployment option should be the focus for all security vendors. Experts recommend incorporating security into everything from software, hardware to the infrastructure in the supply chain. OEMs that traditionally cared less about security issues now have the responsibility to invest in built-in security.

Most employees still fail to understand the basic needs and protocols of security in any organization. As a result, hackers gain easy data access by exploiting remote employees who depend on the BYOD method. With IT infrastructure extending behind office walls, there has never been a greater need for frictionless security.

The time is now when every worker across industries educates themselves on security literature that includes practical knowledge on operating a SIEM or an endpoint solution.

While the US government plans to extend 5G throughout the nation and the new AI-driven possibilities hit the market, new, more sophisticated threats and exponentially increased complexity will be the biggest challenge. With increased IoT, comes increased data. Edge computing will become an urgent requirement, and the vendors have challenging times ahead.

With a vision of frictionless security that would hold the organization together despite dangerous cyber threats, vendors can think of better solutions that enables a smoother transition into a zero-trust architecture.

Meanwhile, far away from advanced technology, cyber threats will steadily loom towards supply chains as well. The global semiconductor shortage has put the supply chain industry in unrest. Experts state that even if a company has a strong security infrastructure, a weak outside link can make even the state-of-the-art security solution useless. All touchpoints between users and the network must be secure to minimize the friction with users who might try to get around security measures. With stringent security measures and a vigilant approach, frictionless security could become a reality.