In a rapidly evolving digital world, one can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed with the width and breadth of threats, innovations, and technologies an organisation has to be aware of to stay ahead of the curve. Compounded with the shift in landscape brought on by a tumultuous 2020, sticking to what’s tried and tested may feel like the safer bet.
But adaptation is the nature of the beast. It is therefore essential that organisations and their teams face the future and prepare to embrace emerging trends that will ultimately work in their favour.
In Gartner’s Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2021 report, one of the standout predictions was the adoption of cybersecurity mesh. Described as a distributed architectural approach to scalable, flexible and reliable cybersecurity controls, the re-imagining of IT infrastructure makes for a more modular application of security perimeters.
But how does it apply in the real world and why is it key to your organisation?
What is cyber security mesh?
In its simplest form, cybersecurity mesh sees the traditional security approach pivot away from the ‘walled city’ approach and evolve into a modular approach that views network assets as nodes with their own individual perimeters.
The centralized system then allows for a singular security entity to oversee, monitor, and control assets in the network. Where previously a breach of the perimeter wall permitted access to the entire system, the cybersecurity mesh approach allows for the containment of threats as a vulnerable node remains a threat only unto itself and no other asset in the network is affected.
The individual security perimeters can furthermore be rapidly deployed and scaled to respective nodes, particularly to those assets that may exist outside of the traditional organisational perimeter.
Why is it important to your organisation?
As a multitude of organisations continue to find their footing in the new normal of a hybrid work environment, an exponential increase in vulnerabilities has been experienced. By empowering network managers to have a higher level of control over access rights and appropriately adjust permissions per node, this greatly reduces a threats ability to spread across the network.
With the continued adoption of cybersecurity mesh, innovation in tools and applications will also increase across the industry. In particular, the ability to monitor user behaviour and ascertain the authenticity of their identity is enhanced. This is especially vital in a world where BYOD and COPE devices are in use more than previously witnessed.
An organisation’s adoption of the cybersecurity mesh is a necessary step in the mitigation of risk in an ever-evolving threat landscape. Along with other complimentary security protocols and policies, the utilisation of these methodologies ultimately strengthens your organisation’s ability to remain confident in the robustness of its security approach.
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