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2020 Security Priorities Report

The key to a more secure future is simple prioritization.

Use this deck to learn what projects security practitioners are prioritizing for 2020. Based on a survey of 460 IT security professionals, this report explains what you need to know about the top five priorities, including:

  • Signals and drivers
  • Benefits
  • Critical uncertainties
  • Case study
  • Implications

While the priorities should in no way be read as prescriptive, this research study provides a high-level guide to understand that priorities drive the initiatives, projects, and responsibilities that make up organizations' security strategies.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

There is always more to do, and if IT leaders are to grow with the business, provide meaningful value, and ascend the ladder to achieve true business partner and innovator status, aggressive prioritization is necessary. Clearly, security has become a priority across organizations, as security budgets have continued to increase over the course of 2019. 2020’s priorities highlight that data security has become the thread that runs through all other security priorities, as data is now the currency of the modern digital economy. As a result, data security has reshaped organizations’ priorities to ensure that data is always protected.

Impact and Result

Ultimately, understanding how changes in technology and patterns of work stand to impact the day-to-day lives of IT staff across seniority and industries will allow you to evaluate what your priorities should be for 2020. Ensure that you’re spending your time right. Use data to validate. Prioritize and implement.

2020 Security Priorities Report Research & Tools

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This storyboard will help you understand what projects security practitioners are prioritizing for 2020.

1. Data security

Data security often rubs against other organizational priorities like data quality, but organizations need to understand that the way they store, handle, and dispose of data is now under regulatory oversight.

2. Cloud security

Cloud security means that organizations can take advantage of automation tools not only for patching and patch management but also to secure code throughout the SDLC. It is clear that cloud will transform how security is performed.

3. Email security

Email security is critical, since email continues to be one of the top points of ingress for cyberattacks from ransomware to business email compromise.

4. Security risk management

Security risk management requires organizations to make decisions based on their individual risk tolerance on such things as machine learning and IoT devices.

5. Security awareness and training

Human error continues to be a security issue. In 2020, organizations should tailor their security awareness and training to their people so that they are more secure not only at work but also in life.

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