Top 7 Security and Risk Management Trends for 2022

Gartner recently identified the top security and risk management trends for the year. Gartner provides expert guidance and tools to enable faster, intelligent decisions and more robust performance for organizations nationwide.

According to Gartner’s report, there are seven key trends that security leaders need to address as they respond to cybersecurity threats in 2022. Let’s break down these seven trends and what they mean for your organization.

7 Security Trends to Address in 2022

#1- Identity Threat Detection and Response 

From password practices to identifying email phishing attempts, identity threat detection and response should now be a foundational operation within all organizations. Think of it as a proactive approach to scan for threats and deliver the appropriate response. 

#2- Expansion of Attack Surfaces

Extensively driven by the surge of the remote workforce during Covid-19, the expansion of attack surfaces has grown and continues to grow. Organizations should seek managed IT services to help creatively address cybersecurity beyond traditional approaches. This includes finding new ways to engage in security monitoring, detection, and response to a growing set threat landscape. 

#3- Decentralize Cybersecurity Decision-Making

With the ever-growing importance of cybersecurity within all organizations, it’s essential to decentralize decision-making. First, it speeds decision-making and eliminates bottlenecks when only one arm of the organization is responsible for a particular aspect of cybersecurity decision-making. Second, it reduces risk by evenly distributing decision-making throughout the organization’s leadership. It also allows each individual arm to gain more significant expertise in their decision area.

#4- Digital Supply Chain Risk

Unfortunately for organizations, cybercriminals have fully discovered the profit potential of attacking a digital supply chain. Organizations are now forced to address thirty-party vendors and partners’ role in the growing risk to their digital supply chain. 

#5- Consolidating Vendors 

With high outsourcing and the risk of third-party vendors, many organizations are shifting towards consolidating vendors for multiple functions. Reducing the number of outside vendors an organization uses can reduce costs and increase network security, not to mention improve operational efficiency within the organization.

#6- Need for Greater Security Awareness

Traditional employee cybersecurity training is failing us again and again. Many, if not most, attacks stem from an employee unknowingly granting cyber actors access to the network. Organizations experiencing cybersecurity success are shifting their approach away from outdated compliance-focused security training. Organizations with a progressive approach are working to transform the organization’s culture with a focus on working in a way that promotes the highest level of cybersecurity awareness.

#7- University Cybersecurity Protocols

In addition to consolidating vendors, progressive organizations are moving towards what is referred to as a cybersecurity mesh architecture (CSMA). This helps to provide a universal, integrated security infrastructure that works to secure all of an organization’s assets, whether they reside in the cloud or on-site in data centers.

If your organization is looking to enhance its cybersecurity practices in 2022 and beyond, consider the benefits of working with a team of managed IT service professionals. With experience working with countless industries in the Greater Phoenix Area, we can help you build a proactive cybersecurity plan to save your organization unnecessary hassle and money. Get in touch with our team today.