In a world that’s becoming more technologically advanced and connected, it’s important to adopt an agile, forward-thinking approach to security. While enterprises have taken a more serious approach to security in the past few years, this outlook will become even more important in 2019.
Here are three trends we predict will define the security industry as we forge into the new year:
1) Converged Security
As organizations, cities and agencies embrace the rapid pace of data and IP protection being tied to both physical security such as doors, cameras and locks and IT systems, “converged” will surely be a popular word in the world of enterprise security.
Organizations are now converging where the chief information officer (CIO) and chief security officer (CSO) are either being combined into a single role, or are finally working together under a single umbrella where both the IT security and the physical security functions come together.
With the unfortunate increase in emergencies that cities and organizations had to deal with in 2018, it’s vital going forward that actionable information is extracted and presented from collected data so that any situation can be mitigated as soon as possible.
In 2019, we can expect to see more converged security operations centers popping up to meet this need.
Last year also saw market players begin to recognize the importance of merging physical and cyber systems. As the converged security and information management (CSIM) market evolves, single, risk-driven platforms offer an increasing level of security convergence. In 2018, notable industry events, such as IFSEC, began highlighting CSIM solutions.
As the industry continues to recognize the value of CSIM, it also begins to affirm the intrinsic value of enterprise software. Effective security software makes data smarter and easier to understand. This makes cybersecurity systems easier to navigate and manage.
Most companies now realize that good enterprise solutions rely on great software. Converged security is an intelligent solution that cross-pollinates IT and physical security. This creates a complete, “360-degree” security system that is well worth the investment.
2) Artificial Intelligence
As part of IoT acceleration and adoption, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other forms of analytics will become much more broadly adopted for use cases across multiple verticals. As the total volume of data continues to grow, AI and analytics will play a key role in an organization’s operations.
Effective use of data can fuel organizational growth, operational efficiency and automation. While AI was difficult to configure and use in the past, it has become easier to deploy, support and upgrade. In 2019, security related AI will be more accessible than ever, thanks to increased knowledge, education and training.
3) Increased Mobility
As mobility becomes more accessible and scalable, we can expect to feel more connected than ever, especially in the workplace. In 2019, the user will call the shots —creating and molding their own, unique, user experiences.
Users want access to both business and personal functionality on mobile devices. Increased mobility for these functions will be a major trend in 2019. In recent years, business-to-consumer (B2C) enterprises have worked toward crossing this chasm.
This year, there will be more adoption of mobility for business-to-business (B2B) and other business uses across all markets. This is largely due to greater recognition of the need for converged security.
James Chong is CEO and Founder of Vienna, Va.-based Vidsys, a provider of situation management software solutions.