Tech me out: A beginner’s guide to cybersecurity mesh

What is cybersecurity mesh?

Cybersecurity mesh architecture (CSMA) is an architectural approach rather than a specific technology or market segment. In its "Top Security Technology Trends for 2022: Cybersecurity Mesh," Gartner described it as being a composable and scalable approach to extending security controls, even to widely distributed assets. It allows security tools to integrate by providing a set of enabling services, such as a distributed identity fabric, security analytics, intelligence, automation and triggers, as well as centralised policy management and orchestration.

Why is Cybersecurity mesh important?

Multi-cloud and remote work have made cybersecurity a lot more complicated over the past two years. On one hand, you’ve got the majority of organisations today using multiple cloud providers and individual applications spanning multiple cloud service models from multiple providers while on the other hand, their employees are now scattered across the country or world which led to an increased demand for distributed technology.

Securing anything under these conditions is difficult. It's time for a new approach. This is where cybersecurity mesh comes into play. It extends security across the entire architecture, making it possible to secure all systems and points of access with a single, unified set of technologies.

Why should I care about it?

According to Gartner, by 2024, organisations adopting a cybersecurity mesh architecture will reduce the financial impact of security incidents by an average of 90%. As losses due to cyberattacks such as ransomware are estimated to be around $6 trillion per year and rising, it’s imperative that organisations start making cybersecurity mesh a top security priority, like they do with Zero Trust.

Who is talking about it?

Since cybersecurity mesh was named a top strategic technology trend for 2022 by Gartner, lots of cybersecurity providers such as Check Point, Fortinet or Mimecast have started talking about it and dedicated pages to it on their websites.

Useful links:

What is cybersecurity mesh and how can it help you?

https://www.techtarget.com/searchsecurity/tip/What-is-cybersecurity-mesh-and-how-can-it-help-you

 

Gartner’s Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2022: Cybersecurity Mesh

https://www.gartner.com/en/doc/756665-cybersecurity-mesh

 

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Written by Florie Lhuillier

Florie is Head of Cybersecurity at CCgroup where she concentrates on providing structure to any project she is working on, pitching stories, creating marketing content or media relations strategies while expanding the agency’s portfolio and managing a team.

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