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Top Five Trends to Transform Enterprise Security in 2017

Our experts at Axiomatics got together at the end of the year to take a look at the trends in store for 2017. Some of these may sound familiar, as the era of digital transformation continues to expand. But you’ll find a common theme: Marty Leamy, our Americas President said it best, “This year’s trends examine the evolving ways organizations can realize better enterprise-wide security with the exploding amounts of data that enterprises need to protect. Business executives are demanding better enterprise-wide security for all of their data, not only for regulatory compliance but also to protect their most critical assets.”

Attribute Based Access Control can help you address these areas that will challenge access control across your enterprise. Read on for the Top Five!

Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a key priority for enterprises, but most IT decision makers have not completed technology deployments to address the initiatives that are critical to digital business. But what does that mean? Digital transformation is about improving the customer experience by modernizing tools and processes within an organization, and as an example one major digital transformation initiative is moving infrastructure to the cloud.

Identity and access management technology, like dynamic authorization, is a key enabler of digital transformation, it allows secure cloud experiences. It helps companies deliver more personal, convenient and trusted mobile experiences to customers, employee and partners, while enabling secure access to apps and data in the cloud.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT is about interconnectivity. There is an increasing number of interconnected electronic devices producing massive amounts of data. For example, there are consumer appliances, wearables, vehicles, buildings and other physical devices that now have networking capabilities. The benefits seem endless, but the security of the communication between devices could reveal new attack vectors to compromise the networked managed home or connected vehicle.

The key to securing IoT is putting controls in place to ensure that IoT data is not accessible to the wrong parties.

Microservices and APIs

Microservices are the latest approach to breaking down large applications. With a microservices architecture, the functions of an application are built as discrete components that communicate with each other via APIs. This approach lends itself to a faster, almost continuous development and deployment cycle From a security perspective, building many microservices components could mean that you also need to enhance your strategy for securing access to the individual components. An API gateway combined with an Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) approach can be very beneficial.

Wider Adoption of Hadoop

More and more organizations will be adopting Hadoop and other big data stores, in turn, organizations will have a need to secure the massive amounts of data stored in Hadoop and other big data stores. Organizations will want to enforce access to big data stores with a contextual, policy-based approach, to safeguard sensitive data stored in Hadoop and other big data stores.

Regulation and Compliance

Regulatory compliance has always been a challenge within the security industry – and especially working across borders and complying with different regulations in various countries and regions. In addition, the changing of the guard in the United States could impose new types of regulatory challenges. Attribute Based Access Control can help meet and manage the moving target of compliance. A policy-based approach provides centralization of management, ease of change, and enforcement across the enterprise.

If you’d like to learn more about the basics of ABAC – check out our educational page at https://axiomatics.com/access-control-101.html

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