Consider the following: in a recent survey of more than 1,000 CIOs, nearly 60 percent pointed to cloud technology as driving the most profound change within large organizations. Among that same group, half pointed to perceived security risks as the primary challenge stalling further cloud adoption.

More trust, more risk

What does this tell us? One, more companies are struggling to wrap their minds around security than we think. Two, security is no longer about fixing one-off issues or responding once a breach occurs.

It’s about looking ahead and placing a concerted, focused presence behind continuously rethinking the risk to successfully stay secure in the ever-changing technology and security landscape.

Last year, a study from the United States Government Accountability Office found that cyber incidents have increased more than 1,000 percent since 2006, and we saw this growth play out live during the London Olympic Games in 2012. While providing the complete communications network behind the Games, they were defending 11,000 malicious attacks every second.

STAYING PROTECTED: As more information is sent to the cloud, and as the number of connected devices rises, individuals and organizations must remain weary of potential attackers.

How it plays out

Two current trends provide the proof. First, organizations face the reality that internal networks are no longer their only source of concern. Organizations work with a number of third parties that use their own systems, so they must now also consider what security measures these third parties are taking as they gain access to private networks.

“The latest BI Intelligence report projects that in just four years (2020) there will be 34 billion connected devices.”

Second, connected devices are entering the market much faster than security standards can be developed for them. The latest BI Intelligence report projects that in just four years (2020) there will be 34 billion connected devices. That’s 34 billion in a current population of 7.5 billion.

Within any connected system, vulnerabilities can exist that are unknown to those maintaining it. That’s why it’s imperative that organizations determine what these weaknesses are, and if, how and when an attacker can exploit them.

Good hackers?

For decades, ethical hackers have allowed users to go on the offensive when it comes to risk. They deploy known attacker techniques, and tried and true procedural maps to track where vulnerabilities are located and how they can inflict damage. In an age of evolving technology, it’s important we remember that the best offensive still requires human intuition and expertise.

Technology will only continue to disrupt the way we work. Its impact on our lives has by no means hit a plateau. Both current and future trends require organizations to continually evolve the way they approach security. Bringing individuals and technology together is essential to helping users rethink their risks and identify their proper paths forward.