The rise of ransomware means that CIOs and CISOs will need to adopt increasingly cutting edge and innovative approaches to security as 2022 gets underway, a leading analyst has claimed.
Mary Jander, Senior Analyst with Futuriom, has pointed to high-profile security breaches, such as the SolarWinds hack early in 2021 and the more recent Log4j attack, as evidence that security professionals must find new answers in areas like the security of VPNs and the safety of remote workloads. She has pointed out that developers of technology solutions are working hard to battle the ransomware threat on behalf of enterprise customers: “The need for protection, for example, prompted Akamai to spend an estimated $600 million in cash to buy Guardicore, whose Centra Security Platform halts ransomware,” she commented. “And ransomware shielding is a foundational pitch for prominent data backup management firms Databricks and Rubrik.”
Anti-ransomware solutions are not the only area of enterprise security where innovation is needed, she added: “2021 saw the advent of zero trust network access, which universally bars network resources to all but a handful of users qualified with least-privilege access,” said Jander. “While cloud environments hit unprecedented scale, it’s impossible to supervise access manually, and ZTNA, which helps to automate identity-based access, is key to a secure future.”