2013 will require IT security teams to evolve

Cyber threats become top priority for IT departments as attacks grow more complicated.

While the future of IT security threats may not resemble those seen in a typical science fiction film – sentient computers, giant robots, SkyNet – it doesn't change the fact IT departments have to respond to an evolving number of concerns.

The cybercrime landscape is growing. Hacktivist groups have moved out of shadowy basements and become mainstream with announcements on Twitter. IT Principals need to be aware of these changes and have the resources in place to handle them.

A recent Wired article by Gidi Cohen examined the current state of IT security and made some predictions for 2013.

"Tasked with ensuring the success of business-changing IT initiatives from mobile and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) to virtualization and cloud services, IT security is finding that existing security controls and processes create complexity instead of reducing risks," wrote Cohen. "At the same time, highly publicized breaches and new forms of attacks have raised awareness of the business impact of cyber threats to the board level."

According to Cohen, IT departments are going to need to stay focused on the IT landscape as cyber criminals continue to change the way they operate. On top of that, as new systems and practices begin to take hold in the business world, tech professionals need to ensure these strategies are protected as well.

Other trends, including a next-generation vulnerability management tool, big data preventive security practices and new roles like the chief information risk officer to act as a boardroom liaison, will grow in importance.

In the end, IT Principals need to ensure they have the right resources in place to handle the growing cyber menace. VARs and MSPs can become valued partners for their ability to offer impactful talent and solutions right when they are needed.