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Cybersecurity in 2019: AI, IAM Among Key Considerations

Cyber threats are evolving, and today's organizations must adjust their cybersecurity strategies accordingly. In fact, professional services firm KPMG has identified six key areas that top organizations' 2019 cybersecurity agendas:

1. Addressing the Shortage of Skilled Cybersecurity Professionals

Automation is becoming exceedingly important, particularly for organizations that face fierce competition to hire skilled cybersecurity professionals. Organizations are frequently exploring automation technologies to streamline cyber threat data collection and analysis. In addition, some organizations are developing training programs to attract and retain top cybersecurity talent.

2. Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Combat Cybercrime

Hackers are increasingly using AI, deep learning and machine learning technologies to disguise their cyberattacks. At the same time, organizations can leverage these technologies to quickly identify cyberattacks and minimize their impact.

3. Extending Compliance Beyond Data Security Mandates

The European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other data security compliance requirements are changing the way organizations manage sensitive information. However, organizations must incorporate data security protocols into their everyday operations to further reduce the risk of compliance violations.

4. Prioritizing Fraud and Cyber Risk

Fraud and cyber risk often go hand-in-hand. If organizations prioritize fraud and cyber risk, they could discover innovative ways to collect and manage customer data and protect this information against cyberattacks.

5. Deploying Identity and Access Management (IAM) to Improve the Customer Experience

IAM solutions now empower organizations to enhance the customer experience. They also enable organizations to simultaneously protect their customers against cyber threats and deliver personalized customer experiences across multiple channels.

6. Finding Ways to Address Phishing Attacks

Organizations sometimes struggle to protect their sensitive data against phishing attacks. With a broad cybersecurity strategy in place, an organization is well-equipped to safeguard its sensitive data against phishing and other cyberattacks.

Updating a cybersecurity strategy could help an organization accelerate growth and innovation as well. If an organization allocates time and resources to optimize its cybersecurity strategy, it could reap the benefits of its cybersecurity investments for years to come.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.