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Palo Alto Networks Releases 2021 Cybersecurity Trend Forecast: Data Leakage Needs Attention

2020 has been an unusual year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has driven an overall acceleration in the digital transformation of enterprises, and all industries have had to adapt and adopt new technologies quickly to achieve business continuity. With the rapid development of digitalization, especially the rapid development of the Internet of Things and the continuous increase of access devices, network security issues have become increasingly prominent. Therefore, it is particularly important to accurately predict and prevent the challenges of network security in advance.

A few days ago, Palo Alto Networks, a global network security leader, held an online media conference. Sean Duca, vice president of Palo Alto Networks and chief security officer of Asia Pacific and Japan, and Chen Wenjun, president of Palo Alto Networks Greater China, jointly attended the meeting. The forecast realization of Palo Alto Networks in 2020 is presented, as well as the forecast and outlook of the network security trend in 2021.

Palo Alto Networks Releases 2021 Cybersecurity Trend Forecast: Data Leakage Needs Attention

Sean Duca, Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Asia Pacific and Japan, Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks Releases 2021 Cybersecurity Trend Forecast: Data Leakage Needs Attention

Chen Wenjun, President of Palo Alto Networks Greater China

2021 Cybersecurity Trend Predictions

At the end of 2019, Palo Alto Networks put forward predictions on 5G, network security talents, Internet of Things, data privacy, and cloud security, and obtained high prediction accuracy. Looking forward to 2021, which security trends are worthy of our attention, Sean Duca, vice president of Palo Alto Networks and chief security officer of Asia Pacific and Japan, gives the following four predictions:

predict one: Miss traveling? Be prepared to share more personal data.

In 2021, the issue of personal data privacy leakage will become more prominent. Data sharing is inevitable, especially when the global epidemic is severe, the collection of personal travel information and medical information will be more extensive. With the reopening of tourism in various countries and the opening of reciprocal green channels, personal data will need to be shared across borders. Sean Duca believes that after data sharing, data custodians or data providers should pay more attention to the protection of data security in order to ensure the correct and legal use of these data.

prediction two: For those who are well-prepared, the 5G era has begun.

Many countries are accelerating the promotion and application of 5G networks. Sean Duca believes that in the process of promoting and applying 5G technology, more attention should be paid to the native security in the 5G network, and not because of the initial design flaws in the promotion of 5G networks.

With the promotion of 5G network, IoT devices are widely used. Sean Duca suggested that when there are a large number of IoT devices in the network, it should cooperate with relevant network operators to form a necessary isolation and distinction from other networks through a clean pipe or necessary network isolation to protect the security of the Internet of Things.

Prediction three: Working from home just got smarter and safer.

2020 has taught us that remote working is possible across the enterprise. Working from home is becoming more and more widely accepted, and better guaranteeing the safety of working from home has also become a focus. The Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solution will become the preferred specification for many enterprises to ensure a more secure and reliable home office environment.

prediction four: A year of rebuilding internal order

With the rapid migration of handy functions like email to the cloud, more jobs will be virtualized in 2021, forcing many enterprises to re-examine the security of their existing cloud environments. While cybersecurity controls remain an important part of cloud security, an additional layer of identity and access management (IAM) governance is now required. Palo Alto Networks research found that a single IAM misconfiguration could allow an attacker to compromise an entire cloud environment and bypass nearly all security controls.

Enterprise-grade data loss prevention (DLP) service that brings a new simple and modern approach to data protection, privacy and compliance

Data leakage is a huge and growing problem worldwide, yet existing traditional and point solutions are inconvenient, inappropriate or ineffective for many businesses with data protection needs. To this end, Palo Alto Networks has launched a new enterprise-level DLP solution. Chen Wenjun introduced that it is not only powerful and easy to deploy, but also does not require new infrastructure and can be integrated with existing security technologies. It can be applied whether companies store data in the cloud, locally or in a flexible way.

The solution helps protect sensitive data at rest and in motion on every network, cloud and user access, and easily helps businesses address three major data security concerns:

  • Prevent data leakage by automatically identifying consistent confidential intellectual property and personally identifiable information (PII) across the enterprise.

  • Help enterprises meet data security requirements of various data protection laws, regulations, etc., and promote compliance.

  • Suppress risky user behavior and help prevent voluntary or involuntary data leakage and data movement.

According to reports, the solution, as a single centralized cloud service, can be deployed to every corner of a large enterprise in minutes without additional infrastructure. In addition, the service makes it easy to define data protection policies and configurations once and automatically apply them to every network location and cloud where an enterprise has data. This also makes it easy for security teams to deploy DLP services as new users or branch offices are added to the enterprise.

Palo Alto Networks Enterprise Data Leak Prevention (DLP) Services

Chen Wenjun introduced that in the past few years, Palo Alto Networks has grown rapidly in the Chinese market. In the future, it will pay more attention to high-tech, Internet, insurance, medical and other industry markets, as well as some industries that have accelerated digital transformation brought about by the epidemic. “We hope that from the perspective of external hackers, from the perspective of company owners, from internal log data, through big data analysis and some intelligence, we can completely help enterprises to achieve better active defense.”

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