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The Future of Security Defense – The Cybersecurity Mesh

Strategic Relevance

Cybersecurity Mesh is emerging as a new pathway to constructing a more dynamic security environment, making it highly relevant to futuristic strategies. The rapid evolution and sophistication of cyberattacks, combined with organizations migrating to hybrid multi-cloud systems, create a ‘perfect storm’ of security risks that must be addressed. Adopting the cyber mesh architecture empowers organizations to attain a more resilient and responsive security posture. By redefining the cybersecurity perimeter around the identity of individuals or entities, it establishes a distributed and scalable architectural approach, thwarting hackers from exploiting various parts of a network.

Challenges & Opportunities

Challenges
The ever-evolving threat landscape pits us against creative and well-funded adversaries, while the complexity of hybrid and multi-cloud environments adds to the difficulties. Additionally, the burden of monotonous tasks and time-consuming manual processes, with data silos from the proliferation of tools within organizations, creates inefficiencies and blind spots.

Opportunities
Embracing superior AI-powered protection with a cloud-native architecture allows for the utilization of AI/ML. By employing AI and ML algorithms to analyze vast amounts of data, organizations can proactively detect patterns and anomalies that may indicate potential threats.

Future Trends

  • Shift to the cloud: According to Gartner, more than half of enterprise IT spending will shift to the cloud by 2025. Securing cloud infrastructure can be challenging due to increased attack vectors, cloud environment complexity, and the shared security responsibilities between clients and cloud services providers.
  • Supply chain interactions: As the number of third-party connections and interactions grows, the potential for hackers to access your infrastructure also increases.
  • IT/OT-IoT convergence: Security measures and protocols for Internet of Things (IoT) and operational technology (OT) devices are still developing, exposing IT systems to cybersecurity risks.

Best Practices & Key takeaways

These are a few time-proven cybersecurity principles and best practices:

  • Establish a robust cybersecurity policy with frequent audits.
  • Adopt the Zero Trust philosophy.
  • Evolve, simplify, and automate technology stacks with AI & ML.
  • Elevate IAM standards with Multi-Factor authentication, ——Biometric security, and monitoring activities of privileged and third-party users.
  • Implement stricter Data Protection using higher cryptography algorithms and controlling access to sensitive data.
  • Manage and mitigate supply chain risks.
  • Secure perimeters and IoT connections.
  • Adopt secure logging practices.
  • Provide proper education and awareness of newer cybersecurity trends.
  • Empower employees to think like “Hackers.”
Mrudul Uchil
Senior Director & India Site Head for Cybersecurity
VISA

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