Gartner identifies future information security technologies

Maintaining cyber security and protecting confidential data within your organisation requires a two-pronged strategy of both education and awareness. 

Not only do you need to ensure that the right people have undertaken comprehensive IT security training, but you also need to stay abreast of the latest technologies and developments that can assist in this area.

This month, research firm Gartner has released a new list of the 10 key technologies likely to drive improvements in information security over the remainder of 2014.

The list includes Cloud Access Security Brokers – specialised "enforcement points" based either on-premise or in the cloud, that serve to interject and enforce security policies before users are permitted to access cloud-based resources. 

Unsurprisingly, Big Data and the Internet of Things were both hot-button talking points on Gartner's list.

According to Gartner, businesses will continue to make greater use of the information resources available to them, investing in Big Data Security Analytics in order to determine patterns of activity and quickly detect when activity is outside the norm.

At the same time, with the Internet of Things growing in prominence, businesses are expected to invest in automating their enterprise assets using operational technology systems.

According to Gartner Fellow and Vice President Neil MacDonald, cyber security attacks continue to increase in both frequency and sophistication, despite significant investment in this area.  

"Advanced targeted attacks and security vulnerabilities in software only add to the headaches brought by the disruptiveness of the Nexus of Forces, which brings mobile, cloud, social and big data together to deliver new business opportunities," said Mr MacDonald. 

"With the opportunities of the Nexus come risks. Security and risk leaders need to fully engage with the latest technology trends if they are to define, achieve and maintain effective security and risk management programs that simultaneously enable business opportunities and manage risk."