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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Access Management 2020

On November 17, Gartner released their Magic Quadrant (MQ) for Access Management (AM). The MQ provides a detailed analysis of the AM category, market definition, a thorough assessment of vendors as well as key trends driving adoption.

By 2024, Gartner expects 50% of all workforce AM implementations to leverage native, real-time, user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) capabilities as well as other controls.

The MQ highlights that the AM market continues to mature, and has evolved to support a growing number of use cases including broader user authentication techniques, access from IoT devices, adaptive access controls, mobile devices, and API target services. As companies pursue cost optimization and vendor consolidation in lieu of tighter budgets for 2021, vendors with a broader portfolio of services including Identity & Access Management (IAM), Identity Governance & Administration (IGA), and Privileged Access Management (PAM) have grown in popularity. Those planning to invest in AM technologies are leaning toward AM-as-a-Service rather than on-premises deployments.

As with most technology investments right now, the forced remote work situation is a driver behind AM adoption, helping businesses move to a more modern, identity-centric security model. There is also the need to secure access across a distributed application infrastructure as well as provide consistent security controls for hybrid environments and user groups.

A key theme throughout the MQ is Continuous Adaptive Risk and Trust Assessment (CARTA), and how AM needs to align with it for more robust access control. The MQ also notes the confusion between CARTA and Zero Trust. You can learn more about the fundamentals of Zero Trust in our Zero Trust Library.

For the full copy of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Access Management 2020, you can get it here.

Cybersecurity Workforce Study 2020

(ISC)2 released their Cybersecurity Workforce Study 2020 which looked to gauge the mood of the professional cybersecurity community, how they’ve dealt with the COVID pandemic as well as assess the makeup of the workforce. Some of the key findings from the report include:

  • The global cybersecurity workforce needs to grow by 89% to effectively defend organizations’ critical assets. The growth is achievable, however, it will need businesses to look to non-traditional employees as well as continued with learning initiatives for existing professionals
  • 67% of leadership understand the importance of security in remote work environments. Where there is a lack of leadership awareness, morale was lowest for security professionals
  • 51% of respondents are concerned about technology spending due to the impact of COVID-19

You can read the full report here.

Worldwide Public Cloud End-User Spending to Grow 18% in 2021

According to the latest research from Gartner, IT spending on cloud services will continue to accelerate with it expecting to make up 14.2% of the total global enterprise spending market in 2024, up from 9.1% in 2020.

The COVID pandemic has forced companies and IT departments to quickly pivot to ensure business continuity. Sid Nag, research vice president of Gartner, says organizations have had to refocus on three main priorities:

  • Preserve cash and optimize IT costs
  • Support and secure a remote workforce
  • Ensure resiliency

And investing in the cloud has become a convenient way of achieving all three.

You can read more about Gartner’s research as well as how much is expected to be spent in the respective areas of cloud computing in the Gartner Newsroom.

The Five Remote Access Trends to Watch Out for in 2021

This time last year, we didn’t see widespread, mandated ‘work from home’ in the tea leaves. But we have always been focused on keeping employees protected, connected, and productive outside the office. Now, we can only predict how the trends that emerged in 2020 will evolve over time as businesses place more emphasis on looking after their employees’ health while keeping them securely connected and productive. So what can IT leaders expect in 2021?

Read our remote access trends to watch out for in 2021

The 2020 State of Identity Security in the Cloud

The Cloud Security Alliance released a research report on 19 November on the State of Identity Security in the Cloud. The goals of the study were to:

  • Determine the use and challenges of public cloud workloads today and one year from now
  • Understand cloud IAM challenges specifically human and machine identity challenges
  • Establish the anticipated methods of addressing cloud IAM challenges
  • Identify the teams and roles responsible for cloud IAM

The adoption of cloud services has been critical in ensuring business continuity this year. The CSA surveyed organizations to understand how cloud services are being used as well as how they are being secured. The key findings from the research include:

  • 81% of respondents are utilizing a multi-cloud strategy
  • Diversity of production workload types is expected to increase
  • Organizations are shifting their use of IAM capabilities over the next year
  • Privilege and permission management rated as a top IAM security challenge for organizations

You can read the full report here.