Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Juniper Networks talks about cybersecurity and network privacy
Juniper Networks being the global leader in high-performance network products, Mr. Sawhney has very interesting advice on cybersecurity and network privacy. Read on to find out.
The rapid digital adoption driven by Covid will continue into the recovery as well. With rare exception, operating digitally is the only way to stay in business. Rohit Sawhney, Systems Engineering Manager of the Juniper Networks talks about the exponential surge in digital adoption in the pandemic era and its impact on employers as well as employees.
What are the trends driving digital adoption at an enterprise level?
The pandemic has accelerated digital adoption across sectors. This ongoing digital transformation has thus created new opportunities and services, enabled the business to run more efficiently, reduced costs and enhanced customer or employee experiences. According to NASSCOM, India’s technology industry is expected to record a growth of 2.3% in FY2021 to touch $194 billion. This only shows the profound impact digital adoption has had on the way enterprises operate.
Talking about the trends that will continue to sustain and drive this wave of digital adoption — industries will witness more inclination on Automation, Big Data & Analytics, IoT and Artificial Intelligence (AI). A recent survey conducted by Juniper Networks found that 95% of all respondents believe their organization would benefit from embedding AI into their daily operations, products, and services. This shows how enterprises will continue to invest in creating a digital experience encompassed by critical areas of cybersecurity as businesses are exposed digitally.
As companies adopt technologies such as AI and ML, they also become prone to impending cyber-attacks. What can organizations do to build a safe and secure IT infrastructure?
AI and Machine Learning (ML) are gradually weaving into various use cases across businesses. AI disrupts the networking industry with new insights and automation.
Although AI is being used for defensive purposes through security automation to counter cybersecurity risks, cybercriminals use AI/ML for sophisticated automation to launch effective malware and phishing campaigns, providing them scale, speed, and repeatability.
Organizations need to think beyond the legacy approach of protecting the castle with simple firewall solutions. When the IT infrastructure is not confined to any boundary and threats are extremely sophisticated, organizations should adopt solutions like advanced threat protection, cloud workload protection and endpoint detection and response for ensuring a threat-proof IT infrastructure.
Moreover, security operations should be automated by leveraging tools like SIEM and SOAR, helping to get insights on threats and adversaries.
What role does network security play in the larger scheme of things?
Traditionally, network connectivity was straightforward. Enterprises followed a simplified approach with Data Centres to deliver apps from on-premises servers and facilitate employee access using company-owned desktops and laptops. Protection was perceived as Firewall Security with a topping of additional features. Endpoints were kept secured with antivirus software updates and vulnerabilities patches.
Against the backdrop of digital transformation, enterprises are growing with dispersed users, apps, and infrastructure, opening a flood gate of threats. Organizations should prefer extending security to every point of connection, from client to cloud, across the entire network. Enterprise should focus on radically transforming network security from some legacy bolt-on security systems to offerings like SASE, SD-WAN, ZTNA, Advanced Threat Prevention, Cloud Workload Protection, IT/OT Security, to name a few.
Also, organisations need to implement a security framework ensuring every point of connection on the network acts as a security enforcement point, sharing threat intelligence feeds based on real-time events happening on the network. This is where the Juniper Connected Security Strategy plays a vital role in enabling firms to unify all their network elements into a threat-aware network driven by AI and automation.
Will the coming of 5G enhance industrial operations and strengthen security for organisations?
5G, the latest standard of cellular networks, addresses many challenges of our connected era, like the exponential growth of connected devices and data traffic. It also provides increased security, offers improved connectivity, supports more users, devices, and services while simultaneously improving network efficiency with ultra-reliability and low latency.
Industrial companies consider 5G a key enabler for digital transformation. Companies are deliberating on use cases to adopt 5G, especially supporting the expansion of IoT at an unprecedented scale.
Natively 5G provides security mechanisms that can contribute to secure operations in conjunction with edge computing concepts that potentially enhance security by storing and processing data locally.
On the contrary, new attack surfaces will also arise with 5G, IoT and edge computing. With the increase in the threat landscape, volume and frequency, the existing security approach of siloed systems and manual response will be no longer effective. Therefore, organizations need to embrace a connected approach that takes a comprehensive view of the network and the external ecosystem to become fully aware of threats, dynamically adapting and enforcing security policies throughout the network.
What are the new skills IT professionals should focus on given the increasing digital adoption in the country?
While embracing digital adoption brings new solutions and technologies, it introduces challenges in meeting the skill demands among the current and future workforce. For IT professionals, riding the wave of the digital future depends on developing the next generation of skills.
With organizations relying much on cloud-delivered services, professionals need to develop or enhance skills for public and private cloud platforms. In addition, when enterprises reap the benefits of digital experience and ease of operations through AI and ML-driven automation, skills around these technologies are much relevant to support career progression. Demand for skills around Data Analytics and DevOps is also at the forefront as organizations transform the business towards digital platforms.
Today’s threat landscape is evolving faster than ever before. As Indian companies embark on their digital transformation journeys, they must stay several steps ahead of these threats by having the right mix of talent and solutions to safeguard against cyberattacks in an increasingly digital world.
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