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Infoblox 2018 Predictions: A Shift in Security Mindsets

VMblog Predictions 2018

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2018.  Read them in this 10th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Craig Sanderson, senior director of product management, Infoblox

A Shift in Security Mindsets

There's no doubt that security took center stage in 2017. With high-profile breaches of Uber and Equifax, along with the WannaCry and NotPetya global ransomware attacks, organizations have been made painfully aware of the dangers of outdated and ineffective security methods. But with threats intensifying and the security skills gap only widening, the industry will need to find ways to bolster security efforts with limited insight, talent and resources.

Therefore, as we head into 2018, we'll see a mindshift in the security industry as organizations look into next-generation technologies, outsourced operations, and increased collaboration as ways to double down on security and close the gap. Below are a few predictions on how security and IT will evolve in the year ahead:
  • Addressing the security skills gap: Customers will shift IT spend decisively towards security operations, but the skills gap for security analysts will continue to widen. Because of this, organizations will begin to look more critically at technology to address these hiring challenges - in particular, orchestration and automation tools to overcome the skills and resource crisis. Specialized MSSPs will also become an integral part of customers' security operations plans as enterprises selectively outsource to these MSSP providers.

  • Shift in IT spend: A significant number of enterprises will begin to invest in a dedicated security operations center as part of the shift away from prevention towards detection and response. Meanwhile on the IT side, the shift of control from a centralized IT organization to individual business units will gain momentum, further complicating IT management challenges and organizational compliance. Hybrid security offerings combining on-premise and SaaS/Cloud solutions will become the dominant architecture with customers increasingly integrating these offerings in 2018.
  • Growing role of the government: Governments and industry organizations will make renewed efforts to drive threat-sharing and industry collaboration, though time will tell if they are able to overcome the barriers. Within organizations, threat intelligence spending will increase, though enterprises will struggle to fully operationalize threat data. In addition, governments across the globe will try to make examples of companies responsible for loss of consumer data by imposing heavy fines on them.
  • Consolidation of the security industry: Enterprises will look to reduce the number of vendors they use in their security architecture, favoring integration and operational effectiveness over a best-of-breed approach. As a result, we can also expect to see continued consolidation in the security space with vendors consolidating as organizations look for unified solutions. As part of the first major wave of consolidation in the security market, security analytics will be subsumed into existing security product and solution offering.
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About the Author

Craig Sanderson

As senior director of product management at Infoblox, Craig Sanderson leads product management and strategy in the fields of IoT security, threat intelligence, malware prevention and data exfiltration prevention. In his role, Craig has spearheaded Infoblox's ecosystem and channel program to optimize security, while cultivating strategic partner alliances with Cisco, McAfee, and other industry peers.

Published Friday, January 19, 2018 7:41 AM by David Marshall
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