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Joan Goodchild
Joan Goodchild
Edge Features

2021 Security Budgets: 6 Top Priorities, New Realities

An unprecedented 2020 has shaken up security leaders' usual list of must-have technologies. What's on the horizon? They share with us their spending plans for 2021.

Data Mapping and Inventory Tools

With disparate employees and company assets all over the globe, it's critical to take stock of what you have now.

"Before you can secure a network, you must know what's on your network," says Brian Wilson, CISO of SAS Institute, a developer of analytics. "How do you know your inventory or asset management systems are adequately finding all your assets?"

Wilson advises security teams to think about new ways to validate and refresh their asset data to help teams stay on top of life cycle management projects and better enable incident response. 

Steve Dotson, CISO of marketing tech company Acoustic, says he thinks CISOs will look to budget for more data-mapping and data-inventory solutions to get visibility into how data flows through microservices and cloud data stores.

"Solutions that provide asset visibility while allowing technology teams to continue to leverage point solutions for asset management give security teams and other teams the holistic asset information necessary to ensure protection," he says.

Joan Goodchild is a veteran journalist, editor, and writer who has been covering security for more than a decade. She has written for several publications and previously served as editor-in-chief for CSO Online. View Full Bio
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