We’ve had just over a month to settle into 2023, to relax away from holiday stress, to catch up on all those emails piled up during vacation. That doesn’t mean from here on out it’s going to be easy. Quite the opposite, in fact. We’ve been keeping an eye on some great predictions for the coming year from thought leaders like Forbes and Gartner, along with many others, mostly all agreeing on the same forecast points. In agreement as well, we wanted to shift from projections and comment more on what we’re looking forward to tackling, and what we’re preparing ourselves for, in the coming year. Here are our top three:
Burnout, burnout, burnout
Two-factor authentication and multi-factor authentication are standard practice within any user-based application from simple phone games all the way to large network databases within private companies. The importance of both 2FA and MFA has been promulgated for years, the benefits of such programs shouted out, discussed, and ratified from nearly every angle. Yet now we’re discussing user burnout of such programs, despite their success and universal acceptance of validity. This year, we’re looking to find ways to combat this unique type of burnout, watching to see how the industry reacts, and how we can best support our customers during this stage. Not only do we sell and manage 2FA and MFA, but we also utilize it ourselves. This means we build our products around what our customer needs and configure it correctly, so it is seamless and easy to use. In 2023, we’re looking for more ways we can allow our users to correctly engage with 2FA and MFA without the burnout.
Once the memes about AI generated art, prose, and the occasional very strange video wind down, we’re still left with very powerful tools that have nothing to do except to continue to grow and evolve in scope, capacity, and prowess. The advent of the newest, and popular, AI chatbot ChatGPT has added a new layer to the general worries centered around adding to the arsenals of threat actors. The launch of more sophisticated bots and AI programs could mean more effective phishing scams are on the horizon. And it’s not just the chatbots that should be monitored, any cutting-edge technology tools based in AI mean criminals can leverage them in a way that adds speed and scale to their attacks and only increases the workload of those fighting to defend against such threats. Cybersecurity personnel and organizations will need products or solutions that can meet this problem and meet it consistently through its evolution. Our tactics throughout 2023 are to devise automations that support the monitoring and reporting of any developments.
Zero as the Hero
No one in the cybersecurity industry can talk about zero-trust enough. Any casual search will serve up countless articles, papers, and discussions about the importance of this new concept. It's a rigorous approach to cybersecurity and one that sometimes gets clouded over with incomplete definitions. Zero Trust is not a product or set of products, but a strategic approach to cybersecurity that secures an entire organization by eliminating implicit trust and continuously validating every digital interaction. To put it simply: Never trust, always verify. The Biden administration, in 2022, published a memo (as well as an executive order back in 2021) mandating federal agencies to adopt a zero-trust architecture (ZTA) by the end of the 2024 fiscal year. One of our main goals is to demystify Zero Trust both in definition and in practice. NAN helps organizations control the who, what, where, when, and why for every packet transmitted on our customers' networks, all the time.
“Every day we strive to work harder and smarter,” NAN COO and CRO Tony Amorelli sates. “This landscape is constantly changing, not only keeping us on our toes but allowing us to innovate for our customers’ sake. We make sure to create solutions that enable people and companies to operate daily with ease.”