How leaders can prepare for the emerging cybersecurity threat landscape

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How leaders can prepare for the emerging cybersecurity threat landscape

As the cybersecurity threat for business leaders continues to grow and as bad actors find new ways to attack organisations, there are steps security leaders can take now to prepare for the emerging threat landscape over the next 10 years.

Katell Thielemann, VP analyst at Gartner said the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is a double-edged sword for CISOs.

She said, “Enterprises are facing a deluge of automated cyberattacks, which are exponentially rising in velocity, variety and complexity. However, AI is simultaneously supporting security teams in detecting and responding to threats, fundamentally changing organisations’ defence paradigms.”

Andrew Walls, distinguished VP analyst at Gartner added if the 2020s were the decade of ‘hybrid everything,’ the 2030s will be the decade of ‘augmented everything.

“Attackers are weaponizing AI just as fast as organizations augment their defences with it, meaning that it’s not enough for cybersecurity technologies to evolve – strategy and leadership approaches must change, too,” he said.

Gartner has highlighted three steps CISOs can take to manage and tackle the ever-changing cybersecurity threat.

These steps include, invoking continuous foresight, know your strengths and weaknesses as a leader and remember the attack is never over.

Invoke continuous foresight

Security leaders must look beyond immediate threats and embrace continuous foresight, a strategy that integrates research insights into internal capabilities and third-party tools to maintain a proactive security approach.

Gartner forecasts that information security spending will reach US$187 billion in 2023, an increase of 11.1 percent from 2022. As security budgets continue to rise, CEOs and Boards of Directors will expect a highly strategic approach to security investment that results in demonstrable returns typified by fewer breaches and greater enterprise resilience.

Pursuing multiple models of the future will enable security leaders to build an investment strategy that is flexible enough to respond to new threats with agility.

Leaders should play their strengths and know their weaknesses

Effective enterprise cybersecurity requires deep technical, business and strategy expertise, yet it is unlikely that one security leader excels in all three areas.

In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2025, a single, centralised cybersecurity function will not be agile enough to meet the needs of a digital organisation.

“The most effective CISOs don’t try to do it all,” said Thielemann. “Play to your strengths as a leader, and then augment your teams with those who complement your weaknesses.”

The attack is never over

The nature of technology is one of perpetual change, meaning that new attack techniques and threat vectors will continue to emerge as new technologies do.

Security leaders must remain on the cutting edge of technology innovation by investigating solutions including cybersecurity mesh architecture, AI-augmented security tools, homomorphic confidential computing and other emerging security technologies.

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