There are new challenges and opportunities in network security, but here’s what trends are forming for the future.Determining Network Security Needs for the Future

The complication of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), cloud sprawl, and dozens of other trends are making network security a more demanding and pressing need. Network administrators are tasked with not only preventing today’s attack but also looking ahead to the threats that are coming their way. Here are several network security trends that are impacting the prioritization of solutions:

The evolution of malware: Network administrators anticipate that malware will continue to be the effective way to impact global targets, and it’s widely believed that antivirus software doesn’t offer much protection against evolving malware. As network security puts more priority on the protection against malware, there will be a shift in focus to mobile devices. Because most enterprises allow smartphones and other devices to join the company’s network, mobile devices offer an additional opportunity for malware to gain a foothold.

The spread of Internet of Things (IoT): As the IoT becomes more widespread through enterprises, government, and even consumers’ homes, expect there to be a greater risk involved with network security breaches. Enterprises will struggle to combat the use of devices that have weak security protection and operational immaturity.

The influence of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning: Companies are increasingly turning to managed security service providers because the time and resources demanded by network security can become cumbersome for an organization. Those providers are often utilizing AI and machine learning to allow for the recognition and addressing of potential attacks. It’s important that enterprises watch out for too-good-to-be-true promises of what AI and machine learning can do for network security.

Software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) will take off: The increased visibility and centrally-located control are just two of the benefits that SD-WAN offers to enterprises looking to improve network security.

Companies will develop better cloud security: In the past, enterprises have been willing to forego some of the benefits of cloud technology in favor of better network security. As the cloud market has developed, there have been advances in understanding how to build better cloud security. Enterprises now have a reliable set of guidelines for preventing security breaches through the cloud.

SimpleWAN understands the critical nature of prioritizing network security. Take a look at our Real Time Attack Map, which charts attacks being prevented through the Global Intelligence Protection System by monitoring traffic across all our firewalls. We’re focused on network security, so you can focus on your business goals. Contact us today to learn more.