cybersecurityAs we close out 2018, here are five cybersecurity trends you’ll need to stay ahead of to keep your company secure:

The meteoric rise of cloud computing will continue

No longer a passing fad, it’s likely you either already are using some form of cloud computing or will get there in 2018. While there are clear business agility, scalability, and cost benefits to cloud computing, security teams are struggling to keep up with keeping their companies’ IP and customer data safe.

According to a recent report from ESG/ISSA, 29 percent of organizations have “an acute shortage of cloud security skills”. This won’t get better anytime soon, as there’s already a 2-million-person shortage of cybersecurity professionals in our job market, which will double by 2020.

The unfortunate consequence will be that companies are exposed to vulnerabilities, data breaches, and regulatory compliance violations. It’ll be vital you partner with a trusted cloud security provider in 2018 to develop the right policies, collaborative processes, and an iron-clad cloud security controls architecture.

Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) will take center stage in the cloud cybersecurity game

As cybersecurity grows increasingly complex, more companies are looking to trusted providers who have the people, technology, and experience to secure their IT portfolios. A study from ESG research found more than half of enterprises surveyed are implementing, planning, or simply interested in security as a service in 2018. This is causing MSSPs to step up their own game by offering more high-end services, such as EDR, managed threat hunting, malware analysis, continuous penetration testing, threat intelligence analysis, and more.

Looking for an experienced MSSP to secure your data? US Cloud can help.

Integrating security technology will become the rule rather than a “nice to have”

Organizations have spent millions of dollars on different levels of IT security tools to keep their information out of hackers’ hands. In 2017, 21 percent of enterprise organizations said integrating security technologies into a common architecture was one of their highest priorities, and this will only increase in 2018.

Security Operations and Analytics Platform Architecture (SOAPA) will become an acronym you hear quite often in the New Year. This will lead to vendors to try and fill product portfolio holes to sell a single suite that rules them all.

This doesn’t mean you need to throw away your existing tools, though. Look for a MSSP who can integrate with what you have and add their expertise and services to round out your cybersecurity defenses.

Machine learning technology will gain a little steam with the help of experienced cybersecurity professionals

Artificial intelligence for cybersecurity has been more hype than reality in recent years because many vendors have portrayed it as the cure-all to keep their data safe. The reality is that it’s not a cure-all, but can be helpful in small pockets – in other words, specific and well-understood areas where there is plenty of data available to build models … perhaps the flood of alerts that come in through SIEM platforms?

The key here is that machine learning technology won’t replace humans – in fact, it will require experienced cybersecurity professionals to take the results of machine learning and do something with that. Since there’s a lack of cybersecurity professionals available, working with a trusted MSSP to help here will become a major trend in 2018.

GDPR will become more than just a dirty four-letter acronym

By the end of Summer 2018, many companies could be on the hook to pay high Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) fines for not complying to more rigorous standards set forth by the European Union. Many don’t know where their sensitive data resides, haven’t built processes to audit the data, can’t meet the 72-hour disclosure cycles, and so on.

You may be wondering why US Cloud is telling you this is a problem. Many organizations we work with are global in nature, and if you have any customers or presence in the EU, GDPR will apply to you. Also, we wouldn’t be surprised if the US Congress starts to build out more comprehensive data privacy regulations next fall.

GDPR may be a template it uses, so if you can get GDPR-ready now, it will only help you as more countries around the world get serious about data privacy.

Scary, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be. Use US Cloud’s Managed Security Services to safeguard your network and clouds, secure your data, and protect your brand. Get a quote today to make sure you are cybersecure in 2018.