New security priorities report details what security leaders need to plan for next

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“The pandemic has introduced many changes to our lives and various aspects of the way we work, and we are still considering the security implications of all these changes,” says Info-Tech Practice Lead. Cameron Smith. “In particular, a large part of the workforce moved online overnight, which quickly changed the work environment. People changed the way they communicate, access information corporate network and connect to the corporate network. These changes make cybersecurity a higher priority than ever.”

Info-Tech’s annual security priorities are based on primary data obtained from surveys of security and IT leaders, as well as information from the recently released 2022 Technology Trends Report. The security survey asked leaders about their top security priorities for the year, their biggest barriers to success, and the projects being implemented in their organizations.

The survey revealed that many organizations still have the basics of a mature cybersecurity program under control. It also showed that the top projects that security managers work on include security strategies, policies, governance, and incident response.

“While changes like the shift to remote work have occurred in response to the pandemic, they are largely expected to continue regardless of the progress of the pandemic itself,” adds Info-Tech Research Specialist. Maggie Zeng. “The Security Priorities 2022 report outlines important security trends and the priorities that flow from them.”

Five Priorities from Info-Tech’s 2022 Security Priorities Report

The priorities identified in the 2022 report are influenced by three main factors: the COVID-19 pandemic, endemic cybercrime, remote working and workforce reallocation.

Here are the top five priorities that Info-Tech research has indicated should be a priority for security and IT leaders:

  1. Acquire and retain talent. Security talent was scarce before the pandemic, and it’s even worse now. Organizations need to think about how to improve work environments for existing and potential employees and invest time and effort in talent issues to avoid being understaffed.
  2. Securing a remote workforce. Trends suggest that remote working is here to stay and managing the risk of insecure endpoints can no longer be put off. Organizations need to create a secure environment for users and help them adopt safe habits when working remotely.
  3. Securing the digital transformation. Digital transformation could be a competitive advantage or the cause of the next data breach. Security managers need to ensure security is built in from the start and check in frequently to create agile and secure user experiences.
  4. Embrace zero trust. It is essential for organizations to have a process for managing access to sensitive information based on the principle of least privilege. Governments now recognize the importance of zero-trust strategies; security managers in other sectors should also do so.
  5. Protect and respond to ransomware. Ransomware remains the number one threat to organizational data security. Security managers must do their best to build defenses, prepare for a breach, and know how to recover.

For each of the priorities, the report provides recommended actions as well as templates that security leaders can use to explain the priorities they are asking their stakeholders to understand and approve.

The full report is now available. Download and read the full 2022 Security Priorities report to learn more about each priority.

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