5 cyber security trends we’ll be seeing more of in 2020…

As we look towards the new year, cyber is most definitely a topic at the forefront of people’s minds. Following an interesting 2019, which saw everything from cyber security threats to data breaches, as well as various changes in legislation, it’s little wonder that cyber and cyber security information is a hot topic for many within the technology industry and beyond.

Matt Canning, Senior Consultant in Cyber Security at Huxley, gave his insights into the types of cyber security trends to look out for in the technology space throughout 2020…

 

  • DevSecOps is set to continue to grow and be a focus area..

This is a sector which experienced massive growth in 2019, and the same is set to continue into 2020. The number of professionals in this area within the workforce in 2019 was actually up by 227% on 2018. Again we saw it being a predominantly male sector, with the gender diversity rate lying at approximately 91% male to 9% female. The top 3 employers in this sector have been NAB (+143%), ANZ (+83%) and Telstra (-10%).

DevSecOps is essentially the new DevOps and it seems to be the new buzz area within the industry. DevSecOps have enhanced the whole DevOps practice, and have really played a huge part in companies who are going through a DevOps evolution. It has been praised within the industry for supporting stronger security practices, as well as a more collaborative culture and these factors have contributed as to why it is increasingly popular in terms of hires from a company perspective and in terms of career choices for technology professionals.

In terms of what to expect in 2020 within the area, those in the industry expect to see things move further left with an increasing number of security and compliance controls being implemented. There is also set to be a number of new companies implementing DevSecOps which previously haven’t invested in this area, and those who have are increasing their investment at a rapid pace.

 

  • There is a need for increased gender diversity in Cyber…

Cyber is unfortunately one of those industries which is still predominantly male dominated. With gender diversity being such a topical issue across all industries, more needs to be done within the cyber community to attract a greater female contingency. Across all the main areas of cyber, the ratio of male to female professional is immensely larger. This highlights the need of more cyber security professionals who are females across the market.

More needs to be done, particularly from an organisations perspective, to bridge this gap and promote gender equality. Diversity is not just important from the perspective of getting numbers up within a headcount, but it is also good to have a female perspective when it comes to business, particularly when it comes to leadership and development opportunities.

This difference in ratio may come from the preconceived perception that cyber is a male dominated industry, and therefore this is something which needs to be changed through initiatives aimed at females such as women in STEM events. With these and other initiatives set to be on the rise for 2020, hopefully this lack of gender diversity in cyber will improve over the coming months.

 

  • Data breaches and cloud security are the top cyber threats…

From a cybersecurity perspective, data breaches continue to be one of the main types of cyber security threats for professionals. This is set to continue in 2020 as personal data remains a valuable commodity for cyberhackers. Following the implementation of GDPR, ensuring privacy of personal data is now at the forefront of both companies and individuals minds. Organisations take breaches of data privacy a lot more seriously now, and so employees are more conscious of ensuring these are avoided at all costs.

Web applications in particular have clamped down on breaches due to a prevalence of them within this area in the past. Cloud security issues and threats are unfortunately on the rise, with cloud based threats inevitably continuing to grow in the New Year. Therefore, this will have to be an area of high priority in terms of increased cybersecurity as we move into 2020.

 

  • A growing awareness of the importance of cybersecurity within technology…

As the digital industry continues to grow and thrive, so too does the awareness among the public about cyber security as a whole. Whereas once this may have just been a priority or concern for major enterprises, or more senior technology professionals within the industry, it is now something which small to medium enterprises need to take on board as well.

Having cyber security explained to employees and a cyber security strategy in place is now an essential part of business, rather than just a luxury. Training in cybersecurity is now becoming more commonplace in businesses, particularly for new starters, but even in the form of refresher courses for current employees. It is also now an integral part of the DevSecOps process, which sees security being implemented at all stages of the process, rather than just the final one. Improved cyber hygiene can only be a good thing and is also a major reason why the cyber security industry has continued to evolve and become a major player within the tech market.

 

  • Automation becomes the solution to efficiency…

As with many industries, professionals within the cyber industry are now expected to deliver more in a shorter period of time. Automation is and is set to be the key to making this happen. Through incorporating security into processes such as DevSecOps, security risks can be cut down while the pace at which this can be delivered can be ramped up.

As applications and websites grow and are available on many platforms/servers, security risks grow and it can be difficult for cyber professionals to carry out all the necessary protocol to ensure complete cyber safety. Through various improvements in technology and software, the automation of standard processes is becoming easier, therefore enabling cyber professionals to have the capacity to focus on bigger, more difficult projects rather than just the day to day cyber issues businesses face. This is also a positive example of automation working in our favour, rather than replacing individuals jobs.

 

The above are just a couple of examples of some of the main trends which are set to feature within the cyber industry as we leave 2019 and enter a new year. Cyber is an area which is constantly evolving at a rapid pace, so it will definitely be interesting to see what the next 12 months bring!

For more information about any of the above, or to discuss the next step in your cyber career/ your cyber hiring needs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at the following contact details –

Huxley

[email protected]

+61 2 8251 2120

 

 

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