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Top Cybersecurity Acronyms You Need to Know in 2024

When assessing your IT infrastructure and ensuring a robust cybersecurity stance, it’s vital to grasp common terminology. Developing a solid understanding of cybersecurity terminology is as essential as implementing a strong cybersecurity strategy. Below are key cybersecurity acronyms for your awareness:

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CNAPP – Cloud Native Application Protection Platform

A Cloud Native Application Protection Platform is tailored to safeguard cloud-native applications, addressing unique security challenges posed by applications built using microservices and deployed in containerised environments. As cloud migration surges, 2024 is an opportune time to plan the integration of cloud-native security solutions.

CSMA – Cybersecurity Mesh Architecture

A Cybersecurity Mesh Architecture connects disparate security solutions, bridging crucial gaps and enabling data flow across various tools, including secure email gateways, endpoint detection and response systems, and SOAR and SIEM platforms. Many organisations are expected to prioritise this initiative in 2024 to enhance the utility of existing tools.

CTEM – Continuous Threat Exposure Management

Continuous Threat Exposure Management involves identifying, assessing, and mitigating an organisation’s exposure to cybersecurity threats. Advancements in autonomous penetration testing have made the “Continuous” aspect of CTEM more feasible, facilitating proactive threat mitigation.

LLM – Large Language Models

Large language models, based on advanced artificial intelligence, comprehend and generate human-like text on a large scale. Cybercriminals frequently exploit LLMs to execute fully automated cyberattacks, posing new threats to cybersecurity. This trend is anticipated to persist as LLMs become more potent.

MTTD – Mean Time to Detect

Mean Time to Detect (MTTD) measures the average time taken to identify and recognise security incidents or breaches. A critical metric in cybersecurity, MTTD evaluates the efficiency of incident response processes. Lower detection times indicate enhanced incident response capabilities.

SASE – Secure Access Service Edge

Secure Access Service Edge is a cybersecurity framework gaining traction in 2024, driven by the rise of remote work. SASE combines network security functions with WAN capabilities to deliver dynamic, secure access. Cloud-based networking and security services support secure user access from any location.

XDR – Extended Detection and Response

Extended Detection and Response (XDR) surpasses traditional endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions. By integrating and correlating data from diverse security tools, XDR offers a comprehensive view of potential threats, enhancing threat detection and response capabilities.

ZTA – Zero Trust Architecture

Zero Trust Architecture challenges traditional perimeter security by adopting a “never trust, always verify” approach. In 2024, with users and data dispersed, ZTA emphasises continuous verification of users, devices, and applications, irrespective of their location or network status.

Staying abreast of evolving cybersecurity trends and terminologies is imperative. Partnering with a trusted managed IT service provider can alleviate the challenge of staying updated on security trends and regulatory changes. Contact 4th Platform today to explore how our experts can assist you in addressing your cybersecurity needs and adapting to the latest technologies and regulations in your IT infrastructure.


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