Now more than ever, business success relies on an agile cyber asset management strategy. Over the past year, inflation, supply chain delays, cybercrime, transitions to remote work, and the Great Resignation have all drastically altered the business world, forcing enterprises to reevaluate and future-proof their IT infrastructure. It is becoming increasingly clear that without holistic visibility of all cyber assets, companies have no way of detecting or remediating potential inefficiencies and vulnerabilities in their IT environments. So, what does 2023 have in store from a cyber asset management perspective? The below predictions encompass what we can expect to see.
- Cyber asset management is playing a bigger role in employee cyber hygiene – The human element and the cyber asset element are increasingly commingled in modern attack scenarios, such as zero-click exploits that can infect employee computers and mobile devices without them having to take any action on their device. These attacks blur the line between what employees can do to secure the enterprise (such as protecting their passwords and resisting social engineering attacks like phishing) and where cyber asset management is needed against threats to employee accounts and devices that rely less on user behaviors.
- Companies are ditching all-in-one remote work solutions in favor of more customization and best-of-breed tooling – The onset of the pandemic prompted many companies to go with all-in-one solutions to stand up remote work capabilities quickly. But with the realization that remote work is here to stay, many firms are revisiting those rushed implementations and replacing them with more customized and cost-effective remote work solutions made up of multiple, best-of-breed technology choices. We’ll summarize what companies need in order to be more independent in choosing their remote work solutions, and what the benefits are.
- The era of “lift and shift” cloud migrations is largely over – The pandemic spurred a lot of wholesale “lift and shift” cloud migrations. That era is over, with today’s migration efforts increasingly becoming more strategic and targeted. There is enhanced focus on highly specific migrations and targeted app upgrades, and that means we’ll continue to see more reliance on asset-driven discovery and rationalization planning to help companies prioritize what’s left to migrate and how best to go about it.
- Cyber asset management for leaner IT financial management is on the rise as companies fight inflation costs – The presence of inflation and the possibility of a recession are placing enhanced focus on exactly what and how much companies are paying for in their IT infrastructures. Because of this, cyber asset management is playing a more frequent role in fine-tuning the efficiencies around provisioning, storage, compute costs, and related expenditures.
- AIOps is placing more emphasis on cyber asset management for tagging and classification of assets – AIOps is on the rise as companies embrace automation to help with alert management and auto resolution of issues to maximize operational reliability and uptime. Along with this, we’re seeing a rise in advanced tagging and metadata management of assets to ensure AIOps algorithms can manage these assets effectively in automated processes.
- HR and IT will become more tightly integrated – Recent trends like the Great Resignation and record levels of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have added to the shifting of employees in and out of organizations. This means IT teams who handle account access and security are needing to process more tickets generated for employee onboarding, offboarding, and reassignments. To orchestrate and secure these procedures at scale, HR and IT professionals are learning to work in more coordinated and effective ways.
While the future is unknown, one thing remains certain – cloud adoption is skyrocketing. As IT leaders increasingly adapt to changes in the business world, they mustn’t forget that an agile, secure IT estate begins with comprehensive visibility of all cyber assets.