4 top data security and risk trends, according to Gartner

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How can organizations ensure the protection of their data? It’s an increasingly difficult challenge for many IT and security executives. One good practice is to stay up on the latest cyber security trends and potential solutions.

In a recent report, research firm Gartner Inc. noted top security and risk trends for this year. Here are a few of them:

  • Creating pragmatic risk appetite statements linked to business outcomes, to engage their stakeholders more effectively. One of the most serious challenges for security risk management (SRM) leaders is the inability to effectively communicate with business leaders, Gartner said. Risk appetite statements link business goals and risk treatment plans to inform stakeholders of an organization’s intentions when taking on risk.
  • Implementing or maturing security operations centers (SOCs) with a focus on threat detection and response. Given the increasing complexity and impact of cyber security attacks, and the increasing complexity of security tools that generate alerts, organizations are looking to build or revitalize SOCs or outsource this function, Gartner said.

  • Using a data security governance framework to prioritize data security investments. Data security isn’t just a technology issue, Gartner noted. Effective data security might require a data security governance framework to provide a data-centric blueprint that identifies and classifies structured and unstructured data sets across all enterprise computing assets and defines data security policies.
  • Deploying “passwordless” authentication. Eliminating passwords has been a longstanding goal, the firm said, but is only now starting to achieve real market traction. Emerging passwordless standards and the increased availability of devices that support passwordless authentication methods are driving increased adoption.
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