Anthony Young, co-CEO, Bridewell
What cyber technology, service or approach are you expecting more of your customers to adopt in 2023?
In 2023, the predominant approach is likely to be the consolidation of security products - particularly in the Microsoft space. Many organisations across sectors have heavily invested in their technologies and are ‘Microsoft houses' that utilise a wide array of their products - such as Microsoft 365, Azure, Defender, and so on.
With many cyber security decision makers seeking to consolidate their technology stacks and reduce the number of tools they use, it is likely that we will see even further uptake of other Microsoft capabilities as they look to get the maximum value out of their existing licensing. Our recent research found that 62 per cent of UK cyber security decision-makers said the number of security tools within their organisation is ‘unmanageable'. Therefore, uptake of Microsoft capabilities could be expected in order to help salvage the issue of security teams being spread too thinly, whilst also reducing the complexity of managing their technology stack.
In particular, it is likely there will be greater uptake of Sentinel as organisations look to build out their Cloud SIEM. While there are other SIEM platforms that will also see greater adoption this year - notably Google Chronicle - Sentinel is very much the leader in this space.
How do you expect the threat landscape to evolve in 2023?
With the current recession and cost of living crisis, we can expect the insider threat landscape to mature over the next year. Criminal groups are expected to take advantage of these vulnerabilities, exploiting individuals in the form of blackmail or potential financial gain - all in return for sensitive information. Our research found that over a fifth of IT decision-makers believe that internal threats, such as data theft and employee sabotage, could land amongst its highest threats. Coupling these concerns with the continued financial pressures, we expect this is an area which will expand over 2023.