Today, with cybercriminals operating like a penetration tester in the way they scope out the network probing for vulnerabilities and weak entry points, those responsible for IT security will once again need to adjust their strategy and defences. The Sophos 2019 Threat Report detailed how criminals are now “staking out” victims, moving laterally throughout the network, manipulating internal controls to achieve their objectives stealthily. As endpoint protection has improved, so criminals are on the look out for the next weak entry point. The focus can no longer be on protection and detection, but also intelligent and automated response that provides lateral movement protection to isolate an attack moving through the network.
1. Security teams will need more development and engineering skills
Security teams used to focus on firewalls and endpoints and many security professionals cut their teeth as system and network administrators. Nowadays infrastructure is defined by code, breaches are increasingly caused by weak applications and automation is essential for under-staffed teams. This is changing the skillset required by security professionals. We now also need to have a deep understanding of applications and an ability to build automation into our tools and processes.
2. Organisations will up their focus on software supply chains
Everyone relies a huge amount nowadays on Open-source libraries that are often maintained very informally by loose-knit communities that are easy to infiltrate. This used to be the domain of nation states but the criminals are getting in on the action.
3. AppSec will continue to grow
We are getting better at protecting Endpoints and attackers are shifting their focus. Legacy applications will continue to be a fecund hunting ground!
4. Threat Hunting really will be driven by ML
Bit of a cliché but ML will no longer be something that you just buy. Tools and techniques that were previously the domain of data science experts are getting easier to use. It won’t be long before larger SOC teams are using the tools directly rather than via models that are embedded in products.
5. Zero-trust starts to become achievable
The tools, knowledge and technologies for achieving a true Zero-trust architecture are rapidly maturing. Maybe like nuclear fusion – 15 years away and always will be but 14 years after the Jericho forum. declared the end of the network perimeter we are getting close the point where many enterprises have a realistic chance of keeping their clients off “trusted” networks, particularly non-technical employees.