By Jon Oltsik
December 23, 2008
In spite of the global economic recession, information security will
continue to be a dominant IT priority in 2009. Why? There are simply too
many threats and vulnerabilities creating a perpetual increase in IT
With that, here is my top-10 list (in no particular order) of
technologies and trends to watch for in the new year:
1. The evolving definition of endpoint security: Some analysts have
declared that, antivirus software is dead. I disagree and submit that
endpoint security is simply evolving as a function of the changing
threat landscape. This is the primary reason why Sophos (a legacy
antivirus company) bought Utimaco (a data security company) in 2008.
Look for traditional antivirus, anti-spyware, and firewall software
to merge with endpoint operations, data loss prevention, and
full-disk encryption in 2009.
2. More emphasis on cybersecurity: This year began with the
establishment of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative
(CNCI), an effort to strengthen government networks. While
well-intended, CNCI has received minimal funding and support. In
December, a Center for Strategic and International Studies report,
further described the sorry state of cybersecurity and called for
drastic improvements. Look for President-elect Barack Obama to get
behind this effort in a big way with funding, a real public/private
partnership, and cooperative intelligence and law enforcement with a
growing list of foreign nations.
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