Top Cybersecurity and DevOps Trends for 2020

As we head into 2020, it’s clear that nothing much has changed in the cybersecurity community: threats are still very real, and the hunger for experienced security professionals remains high. Experts suggest that the coming year’s landscape will feel very much like a continuation of 2019, as far as cybersecurity and DevOps roles are concerned. Let’s break down some of the core issues facing the cybersecurity arena in 2020: IP Protection Matters Enterprise IT strategist Brad Snowthinks 2020 will be the year that companies start paying strict attention towhat’s being compromised. While stolen user data will always dominate theheadlines (especially the biggest hacks), just as big a threat is intellectualproperty being stolen. “Although it’sdifficult to assign an exact value to the amount of intellectual property thatis stolen annually, we can all agree it is astronomical,” Snow said. “In response,worldwide enterprise security spending is forecastedto grow to $124 billion this year. Organizations cannot place the entire burdenof security on IT teams. Everyone that has a device connected to the internetneeds to be trained on how to keep the organization safe. There are a ton ofprograms that will enable leadership to engage every employee on the basics ofsecurity.” DevOps Teams: Overworked Rani Osnat, vice president of strategy for Aqua Security,thinks 2020 may be the year that DevOps teams finally reach critical mass inmany organizations. That’s tosay, their workloads will finally balloon out of control. As Osnat predicted: “DevOpsteams will find themselves taking on more and more responsibilities, includingmore security and quality automation. As enterprises adopt DevOps practices atan ever-growing scale, the impact on the business and mission-criticalapplications cannot be ignored. The processes and methods that traditional IT,security, QA and compliance teams have been using are often incompatible withthe agility of DevOps, and cannot cope with the rate of change. The solutionlies in automating many of these practices into the DevOps processes andtoolchain, enabling a more integrated ‘detect early, fix fast’ environment.” Part of the issue, as Osnat sees it, is a skills shortage: “The IT skills shortage will continue to plague the market, especially for new technologies such as Kubernetes, and what is by now a chronic shortage in skilled IT security professionals. It will drive organizations to seek solutions that provide a high degree of automation, with ‘zero-configuration’ out of the box capabilities that provide value immediately, and don’t require a lot of integration work or management overhead.”       Sign Up Today        Membership has its benefits. Sign up for a free Dice profile, add your resume, discover great career insights and set your tech career in motion. Register now      Managing Credentials WillGet Rough A core principle for any cybersecurity or DevOps professional isproper management of user credentials. It’s never simple—and in an odd twist,trying to make it easier may come back to haunt you in 2020. Brendan Diaz, CEO of encrypted enterprise chat service HighSide Inc., told us:“Identity providers themselves will start to become the target ofcyber-criminals. If ‘X’ identity provider has the key to access all of company‘Y’ and ‘Z’’s data, ‘X’ becomes a lucrative target.” “Cloud services will make managing identities more and moreimportant, and increasingly difficult without appropriate tools,” added AaronTurner, HighSide’s chief security officer. “Identity will be the last perimeterIT security teams can hope to have, and as has been proven with this year’s Capital One /AWSbreach, even the best-resourced teams will have an occasional lapse inoperational implementation of identity policies and controls.” Sean Gallagher, IT and national security editor for Ars Technica,agrees the almighty ‘cloud’ isn’t the answer: “As more businesses rely on cloudresources, they are going to inevitably screw up securing them….

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