IT security trends will be 'shaped by cloud computing in 2013'

Friday 7 December 2012

IT security

New research by Gartner has found that cloud computing will help to shape IT security trends over the next year.

Its findings have predicted that by 2015, ten per cent of overall IT security enterprise capabilities will be delivered in the cloud.

It believes that the emerging trends of 2013 will be an increased focus on messaging, web security and remote vulnerability assessment. However, there's also the expectation there will be more on the way, such as data-loss prevention, encryption, authentication available too as technologies aimed to support cloud computing mature.

According to analysts at Gartner: "Increased adoption of cloud-based computing is expected to impact the way security is consumed as well as how key government agencies will prioritize security of public cloud infrastructure."

However, Gartner's predictions on IT security weren't only about cloud computing and IT security.

Virtualization of networks is a continuing transformation and Gartner predicts by 2015, 20 per cent of the VPN/firewall market will be deployed as a virtual switch on a hypervisor rather than as a physical security appliance.

As networks have become more virtualised, Gartner predicts that the larger trend moving into 2013 will be that the IT security industry will be forced to adapt and according to its analysis, that means "partnering with hypervisor providers has become critical to offering network security on the virtual switch".

In their findings, they suggest that the acceleration of change in cloud-based security is likely to threaten some traditional business relationships that IT security providers have with their resellers. But the overall trend will lead to more managed security services providers through cloud delivery.

However its analysis also suggests that there is a downside to the increased adoption of cloud computing.

One of the biggest disadvantages of that is the potential failures in service availability that could arise as a result and therefore impact many organisations.

However, separate research by the Cloud Industry Forum has suggested that one way to get around this problem is by consulting chief information officers (CIOs) when migrating to the cloud in order to reduce security risks.

Posted by Alex Boardman