With attacks on endpoint devices on the increase, CISOs should keep track of the latest happenings in this space.
Cyber-attacks have dramatically surged over the past couple of years as many organizations failed to take necessary precautionary measures. The exponential growth in their numbers is mostly driven by vulnerabilities found in endpoint devices that most organizations are planning to improve and address in 2022. For CISOs and their teams, they have stretched thin and are being asked to support larger virtual workforces, transition infrastructure to the cloud while protecting endpoints in an increasingly unpredictable cybersecurity environment.
“2021 has been a challenging year for security teams and many of the uncertainties that shaped the year are expected to continue into 2022,”
says Mike Sentonas, Chief Technology Officer, Crowdstrike. He adds, “The cybersecurity landscape is ever-changing as adversaries transform their tools, techniques and procedures (TTP) to pile even more pressure on often under-resourced and unprepared security teams.” This is leading organizations to increase their investment to secure their endpoint devices.
As per the 2021 Endpoint Risk Report from Absolute, 76% of the IT security decision-makers stated that investment of their organization and utilization of endpoint security devices dramatically increased in 2021. This highlights the severity of leaving endpoint devices vulnerable and why organizations should prioritize their protection.
For CISOs, they have a lot of options to pursue when safeguarding their endpoint security in 2022. However, by keeping track of trends, CISOs can accelerate their positive business outcomes. Here are the top five trends that CISOs should keep in mind to protect their endpoint devices in 2022 and possibly beyond:
Zero trust security contribution will accelerate in 2022
Zero trust security or zero-trust network access (ZTNA) framework decisions are key aspects for CISOs for building business cases to get additional funding for their endpoint security initiatives. After witnessing its immense benefits, many organizations agree that zero trust is strategically important for their current business operation.
Organizations should ensure their zero-trust security framework with Identity Access Management (IAM), web security and network security perfectly aligns for funding a new cybersecurity framework. In 2022, endpoint security mergers and acquisitions will surge as vendors seek to combine unique strengthens into a single platform that CISOs require to improve their endpoint security enterprise-wide.
CISOs will begin to concentrate on consolidating endpoint devices
With pressure from the board mounts regarding security budgets, CISOs will seek to consolidate their tech stacks for saving the budget while using it to incorporate the latest technologies. The best option for them right now is unified endpoint management (UEM) that demonstrates its value by unifying security, identity and remote access within Zero Trust Security or ZTNA frameworks, considered vital for securing remote workforce.
Self-healing endpoint devices will have a breakout year in 2022
For resilient, persistent endpoint security platforms that deliver in-depth visibility and provide control, organizations are increasing the adoption of self-healing endpoint platforms. As self-healing enables organizations to bring better scalability, security, and speed into IT and cybersecurity operations, CISOs have them on high priority going forward into 2022.
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