MEA News Security Tech Trends 2024

The Digital Divide will Push Vendors to Rethink their Sales Approach


(From Left to Right) Renaud Deraison, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Tenable, Marty Edwards, VP, Operational Technology, Tenable and James Hayes, VP, Government Affairs, Tenable

Some organizations are stepping into 2022 with mature, organized IT processes and ample budgets for security. Others are struggling to secure budgets and adopt modern methodologies to keep up with the evolving threat landscape. In 2022, the gap will only continue to widen. While it can be tempting for vendors to gravitate toward the companies with the heftiest security spend, it will be important for them to prioritize both ends of the spectrum in order to flatten the divide and provide solutions to the organizations that need them most.-Renaud Deraison, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Tenable

Federal agencies will get serious about cyber fundamentals
From the Biden administration’s executive order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity to CISA’s directive on remediating high-risk vulnerabilities, security has taken center stage for the federal government in 2021. As a result, 2022 will see more and more agencies hardening their security postures — adopting zero trust, gaining better visibility into attack surfaces, increasing collaboration and more. This will be increasingly apparent among high-risk environments often targeted by foreign adversaries like critical infrastructure and operational technology (OT). Securing our nation’s infrastructure has become more important than ever and agencies will prioritize accordingly.-James Hayes, VP, Government Affairs, Tenable

Colonial Pipeline set the table for improvement

Attacks like Colonial Pipeline made security tangible for non-security professionals. Spikes in gas prices and lines at the pump are something that the everyday citizen, CEO and Congress member can understand. Every board of directors is now interested in what the cyber risk is to their company. Stakeholders are more invested than ever, and Congress/policymakers are no exception. If the government and private sector can acknowledge their shared priorities and work together toward a more secure world, 2022 will bring a promising climate for improvement.-Marty Edwards, VP, Operational Technology, Tenable

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