The shortage of technical security staff, the rapid migration to cloud computing, regulatory compliance requirements and the unrelenting evolution of threats continue to be the most significant ongoing major security challenges.
However, responding to COVID-19 remains the biggest challenge for most security organisations in 2020.
“The pandemic, and its resulting changes to the business world, accelerated digitalisation of business processes, endpoint mobility and the expansion of cloud computing in most organisations, revealing legacy thinking and technologies,” said Peter Firstbrook, VP Analyst, Gartner, during the virtual Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit, 2020.
COVID-19 refocused security teams on the value of cloud delivered security and operational tools that do not require a LAN connection to function, reviewing remote access policies and tools, migration to cloud data centres and SaaS applications, and securing new digitisation efforts to minimise person-to-person interactions.
Gartner has identified nine annual top trends that are the response by leading organisations to these longer-term external trends. These top trends highlight strategic shifts in the security ecosystem that are not yet widely recognised, but are expected to have broad industry impact and significant potential for disruption.