SecurityBrief New Zealand logo
New Zealand's leading source of cybersecurity and cyber-attack news
Story image

Four trends set to shape the network in 2019 – Juniper

By Contributor
Tue 25 Dec 2018
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Article by Juniper Networks A/NZ regional vice president Bruce Bennie

2018 has been interpreted as a warm-up year by many – the race towards 5G is well underway, massive data breaches have thrust privacy debates into the public spotlight, and new global and local regulations have introduced new security imperatives for enterprises and government.

The domino effect on the network in 2019 and beyond is clear.

While it represents the hub that underpins virtually all IT services, the network has also historically been one of the most difficult to change.

The network is experiencing greater traffic year on year.

This will lead to more complexity which therefore results in issues with security, latency, speed and resiliency.

Here are four trends set to shake up the network in 2019:

The race towards 5G will ramp up

This year, Australia’s largest telcos – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone/TPG – battled it out to claim first place in switching on 5G in Australia.

Australians have always been one of the fastest adopters of wireless technology in the world - with 4G and 3G before it, and so it will be with 5G.

While the truly transformative applications of 5G won’t be realised until 12 months down the line,

this push won’t be driven by consumers but by industry and enterprise.

Expect heavy investment in a host of new business-to-business and machine-to-machine applications including AR/VR, Internet of Things, digital twins and connected car capabilities that will begin to showcase the economic influence of this new mobile technology.

Businesses will come to grips with the new security legislative environment

Data breaches rocked the biggest players in Facebook and the Cambridge Analytica scandal together with Google and Google+ shutting down due to major security flaws deeply concerning consumers. In 2018, governments in Australia and New Zealand make concerted efforts towards reviewing and introducing legislation that protect and meet public expectations around data privacy.

Consider the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme, GDPR and, most recently, the rushed passage of Australia’s Assistance & Access bill.

Meanwhile, businesses have been working just as hard to catch up to these new security/privacy imperatives.

In 2019, privacy will continue to be an area of focus for the A/NZ market, as new regulations start to be fleshed out, and consumers continue scrutinising corporates and governments on how their most personal information is being stored and shared.

2019 will also be the year that Australian businesses come to grips with the ramifications of GDPR as it is put into practice.

With widespread 5G connectivity expected for the first time in 2019, any device connected to this network has the potential to become a target for hackers.

Even if it runs on a secured 5G network, it is still a wireless device and therefore available as a target for a breach.

The growth of 5G means that the industry needs to be considering how to have an effective security posture and a solid foundation of security before these new networks are deployed.

This expanding threat landscape and the huge volumes of data now being collected by enterprise and government will see security automation play a critical role in the effectiveness of IT teams in managing threat alerts and protecting against an increasingly sophisticated adversary.

Move to the cloud will be steady and considered

In 2018, a survey conducted by Ovum Research revealed that despite operating in a mature IT market, Australian organisations consistently rank lower than their APAC counterparts in emerging IT markets when it comes to moving workloads to the cloud.

Australia emerged as the least cloudified market after Korea, with close to two in three Australian IT managers reporting low-to-no migration of their company’s workloads to the cloud.

In the year to come, Juniper Networks is expecting a steady and continuous move of workloads where the cloud is commercially viable.

For many enterprises in A/NZ, multi-cloud will surface as a preferred strategy as they look to deliver application services across multiple private and public clouds.

Enterprises will automate to succeed

With the explosion of data consumers are now willing to share and the volume of information being collected by enterprise and government, it has become impossible for IT teams to keep up.

This is particularly so with the mass roll-out of 5G expected over the next year.

Early software and virtualisation technology have provided some relief from stagnant development but next year service providers will fully adopt automated and virtualised cloud platforms that can deploy new services in months, not years.

Across the network – from speed and performance to resilience and security – automation is poised to lift significant workloads from IT teams.

For businesses, the benefit will be twofold:

  1. By allowing machines to do what they do best, faster and with fewer errors, the human workforce will be empowered to spend their time not on repetitive tasks, but on value-added, creative and revenue-generating work that only humans can perform.
  2. Reduce the skills crunch facing today’s enterprise by limiting the human intervention required to manage the vast volumes of data and cyber threats flooding businesses.
Related stories
Top stories
Story image
What every CISO must answer to enable a best-in-class security operations program
It has been widely reported recently that South Australian government employees have been the victims of a cyberattack.
Story image
Identity and Access Management
The post-pandemic workforce requires secure IAM capabilities
HID Global discusses what identity and access management means for organisations in today's convoluted digital world.
Story image
BYOD / Bring Your Own Device
How zero trust can lead the battle against ransomware
SecOps teams champion a zero trust strategy to support the fight against the escalating risk of cybercrime and help monitor threat actors across a network.
Story image
Elevation of Privilege the top 2021 Microsoft vulnerability
BeyondTrust has released its 2022 Microsoft Vulnerabilities Report, finding that Elevation of Privilege is the top vulnerability category for the second consecutive year.
Story image
APAC ranks third-highest region targeted by ransomware
Asia Pacific has ranked the third-highest region globally to be targeted by ransomware, according to cybersecurity firm Group-IB.
Story image
New vulnerabilities found in Nuspire’s Q1 2022 Threat Report
“Threat actors are quickly adjusting their tactics and these exploits tend to get industry attention, but the threat posed by older and attacks still persists."
Story image
Asia Pacific plagued by sophisticated bad bots - report
The three most common bot attacks were account takeover, content or price scraping, and scalping to obtain limited-availability items.
Story image
Rubrik Security Cloud marks 'next frontier' in cybersecurity
"The next frontier in cybersecurity pairs the investments in infrastructure security with data security giving companies security from the point of data."
Story image
Global cybersecurity insurance market worth $11.5b this year
Future Market Insights finds the cybersecurity insurance market is expected to reach USD$11.5 billion in 2022, growing to $61.2 billion in 10 years.
Story image
Accenture - a collective security approach a driving factor for cyber resilience
With the approaching Davos World Economic Forum upon us, it is even more imperative to discuss the impact of cybersecurity on business operations leading into the future.
Story image
Silver Peak
The path to an adaptive, modern network
Managing and securing the network looks different than it did just two years ago—especially given that most of these networks are made up of multi-generations of infrastructure stitched together over time.
Story image
Noname Security partners with Netpoleon to target API issues
Specialist API security firm Noname Security has appointed Netpoleon as its distributor in Australia and New Zealand.
Story image
Amazon Web Services / AWS
RedShield leverages AWS to scale cybersecurity services
"Working with AWS gives RedShield the ability to mitigate significant application layer DDoS attacks, helping leaders adopt best practices and security architectures."
Story image
Comcast to use ThreatQuotient for cybersecurity operations
Comcast, the parent company of NBC Universal and SKY Group, has chosen ThreatQ Platform and ThreatQ Investigations to meet their cybersecurity needs.
Threat actors are exploiting weaknesses in interconnected IT/OT ecosystems. Darktrace illuminates your entire business and takes targeted action to stop emerging attacks.
Link image
Story image
Tech job moves - Forcepoint, Malwarebytes, SolarWinds & VMware
We round up all job appointments from May 13-20, 2022, in one place to keep you updated with the latest from across the tech industries.
Story image
Maintaining secure systems with expectations of flexible work
Most office workers feel they've proved they can work successfully from home, and as much as employers try, things aren't going back to the way they were anytime soon.
Story image
Employees on the frontline of cyber defense - report
In the first quarter of 2022, employees found themselves more than ever at the frontline of cyber defense, according to a new report from Kroll. 
Story image
Cyber attacks
Devastating cyber attacks expected to hit energy sector
Energy executives anticipate life, property, and environment-compromising cyber attacks on the sector within the next two years.
Story image
CERT NZ releases first Cyber Security Insights for 2022
CERT NZ has released Quarter One: Cyber Security Insights 2022, which offers an overview of reports about cybersecurity incidents affecting New Zealanders.
Story image
i-PRO releases smallest AI-based surveillance camera on the market
The new i-PRO mini network camera is now available, with a pocket-sized form factor and full AI analytics functionality.
Story image
Supply chain
Jetstack promotes better security with supply chain toolkit
The web-based resource is designed to help organisations evaluate and plan the crucial steps they need to establish effective software supply chain security.
Story image
Data Protection
Information management capabilities to meet privacy requirements
Organisations with customers or operations across more than one country face a spate of new and proposed privacy and data protection laws.
Story image
Let’s clear the cloud visibility haze with app awareness
Increasingly, organisations are heading for the cloud, initiating new born-in-the-cloud architectures and migrating existing applications via ‘lift and shift’ or refactoring.
Story image
Remote Working
Successful digital transformation in the hybrid work era is about embracing shifting goalposts
As organisations embraced remote working, many discovered they lacked the infrastructure needed to support history’s first global load test of remote work capabilities.
Story image
APAC organisations fail to disclose ransomware breaches
85% of organisations in APAC were breached by ransomware at least once in the past five years, but only 28% publicly disclosed the incident.
Story image
Vishing attacks reach all time high - Agari and PhishLabs
"Hybrid vishing campaigns continue to generate stunning numbers, representing 26.1% of total share in volume so far in 2022."
Story image
Data backup plans inadequate, data still at risk - study
The Apricorn 2022 Global IT Security Survey revealed that while the majority organisations have data backup plans in place, data for many are at risk.
Story image
Cybersecurity prompts upgrade for 1.3 billion electricity meters
ABI Research finds Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and cybersecurity concerns are prompting the upgrade of 1.3 billion electricity meters by 2027.
Story image
Alarming surge in Conti Ransomware Group activity - report
A new report has identified a 7.6 per cent increase in the number of vulnerabilities tied to ransomware in Q1 2022.
Story image
Check Point
Check Point and CCTV expert join forces to boost protection
The partnership will involve Check Point Quantum IoT Protect Nano Agent being embedded in Provision-ISR’s CCTV cameras for on-device runtime protection.
Story image
'Alarming' rise in ransomware threats - Verizon report
As criminals look to leverage increasingly sophisticated forms of malware, it is ransomware that continues to prove particularly successful.
Story image
Ponemon Institute
Email revealed to be riskiest channel for data loss
More than half (60%) of organisations experienced data loss or exfiltration caused by an employee mistake on email in the last 12 months.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Gartner reveals top three tech trends for banks this year
Gartner says generative artificial intelligence, autonomic systems and privacy-enhancing computation are gaining traction in banking and investment services.
Story image
Managed service provider
Barracuda MSP Day 2022 highlights MSP opportunities
Barracuda Networks has released a report showing global services-related MSP revenue is set to increase by more than a third in 2022 compared to 2021.
Story image
Vectra AI
Understanding the weight on security leader’s shoulders, and how to shift it
Millions of dollars of government funding and internal budgets are being funnelled into cybersecurity to build resilience against sophisticated threats, indicating how serious this issue has become.
Story image
Infosec unveils role-guided cybersecurity training roadmaps
Infosec Skills Roles maps hands-on training and certifications to the 12 most in-demand cybersecurity roles to maximise training efficiency.
Story image
ChildFund launches new campaign to protect children online
ChildFund says WEB Safe & Wise aims to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse online while also empowering them to become digitally savvy. 
Story image
New Relic
New Relic launches vulnerability management platform
New Relic has introduced New Relic Vulnerability Management to help organisations find and address security risks faster and with greater precision.
Story image
Sift shares crucial advice for preventing serious ATO breaches
Are you or your business struggling with Account Takeover Fraud (ATO)? One of the latest ebooks from Sift can provide readers with the tools and expertise to help launch them into the new era of account security.
Story image
WhatsApp and QR codes the next scam threat - report
KnowBe4 has warned it expects to see an increase in QR Codes and the WhatsApp chat platform being used for phishing and other scams. 
Story image
Cloud Security
Aqua Security createa unified scanner for cloud native security
“By integrating more cloud native scanning targets into Trivy, such as Kubernetes, we are simplifying cloud native security."
Booster Innovation Fund. A fund of Kiwi ingenuity – for Kiwi investors.
Link image
Story image
Qualys updates Cloud Platform solution with rapid remediation
The new update is designed to enable organisations to fix asset misconfigurations, patch OS and third-party applications, and deploy custom software.