DevSecOps, Securely Sharing Data and Regulatory Compliance Highlight the Trends to Watch for Enterprise Security in 2018

CHICAGO (December 13, 2017) – Axiomatics, the leader in fine-grained dynamic authorization, today announced the top enterprise security trends that will have significant ramifications for businesses in 2018 and beyond. The trends were compiled by a panel of security leaders at Axiomatics.

“In 2017, we saw many organizations adopt Big Data technology, begin to move toward a microservices approach to break down large applications and work toward scalable compliance with new and changing regulations,” said Gerry Gebel, vice president of business development at Axiomatics. “In 2018, these trends will continue, but they will also be joined by trends like moving toward a DevSecOps model and advanced monitoring and reporting.”  

The trends expected to take off in 2018 include:

DevSecOps

For far too long, IT has operated separately from business units in the enterprise. Breaking down organizational silos has been a challenge for IT leaders that are seeking better ways to support business initiatives. DevSecOps (or Development, Security and Operations) has emerged as a new way for cross functional teams to work together. The DevOps approach aimed at bringing new application services to production faster than legacy change control practices. With DevSecOps, Security also has a role to play in ensuring that continuous delivery practices also embrace good security practices. Security measures like Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) can also be automated within DevSecOps processes to secure access to APIs, microservices, Big Data and other application systems.

Securely Sharing Data

As organizations rapidly produce more data, and continue to adopt Big Data systems, it has become crucial to shield personally identifiable information (PII), other regulated data, and intellectual property while also being able to securely share information that is vital to business processes.

Organizations are shifting to a policy-based approach for access control, to securely disseminate information between departments, partners and with customers and ensure that only those who are authorized to see sensitive information can view it.

Advanced Monitoring and Reporting

Increasingly, organizations are looking to implement advanced monitoring and reporting to help identify internal security threats and find culprits within an organization. By using data analytics, machine learning and AI, organizations can identify anomalies that would otherwise go unnoticed by humans, helping to eliminate internal security threats. ABAC systems provide a wealth of activity log data that is used to enhance reporting and monitoring systems.

The Journey Toward Securing the Cloud

The move to the cloud is well underway with many organizations adopting a “cloud-first” approach. Enterprises are moving or in the planning stages to move their entire infrastructure to the cloud, presenting a need for cloud-native security products and capabilities. An important security layer is access control to cloud hosted data and other business resources, preferably using an ABAC model. ABAC systems run in the cloud, are used to secure cloud resources, and can be operated as a service – giving maximum flexibility to cloud-first enterprises.

Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory compliance has always been a challenge within the security industry, but with GDPR around the corner, a new regulation has been added to the compliance landscape. ABAC can help meet and manage the new regulations by providing centralization of access control, efficient change management and enforcement across the enterprise.

Everyone is a Consumer: Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM)

A great customer experience is one way organizations can set themselves apart from their competition, but a data breach can immediately destroy the customer experience and company’s reputation. CIAM is about striking a balance between customer experience and security, and does not require organizations to sacrifice one for the other. CIAM allows organizations to securely capture and manage the customer identity while profiling data and controlling customer access to applications and services. This delivers a flawless customer experience while minimizing the chance of a security breach.

Role Based to Attribute Based (RBAC to ABAC) Access Control

Role Based Access Control (RBAC) was formalized as a standard in the 1990s and has served as a means to manage access for multiple decades. However, as business applications have become more complex and collaboration across a wide range of users is now required, RBAC has given way to Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) as the preferred approach. ABAC provides the most flexible, dynamic and comprehensive authorization model, which meets the demands of modern enterprises.

“As more data is generated and infrastructure is moved to the cloud, it becomes increasingly difficult to share information securely. In turn, more and more organizations are now in search of tools to fight against unauthorized access to data,” said Niklas Jakobsson, CEO of Axiomatics. “An ABAC model should be every organization’s first line of defense to help prevent insider threats, scale to meet regulation standards and help organizations securely share information.”

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About Axiomatics

Axiomatics is the leading provider of fine-grained authorization. Axiomatics’ solutions are utilized by government agencies and Global Fortune 1000 companies around the world to enable digital transformation: share and safeguard sensitive information, meet compliance requirements and minimize data fraud. Axiomatics provides Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) for applications, databases, Big Data, APIs and microservices. To learn more, please visit www.axiomatics.com or @axiomatics.