I.T. Security: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report

Embedded below you will find my report “Information Technology Security: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report”

There is so much hype and attention these days on the big four trends of social, mobile, cloud, and analytics.  However, talk to any CIO and they will most certainly tell you that Information Security is one of their biggest challenges.  It’s one that most likely keeps them up late at night.

Many of the challenges facing enterprise I.T. departments were not around 10 years ago.  The enterprise infrastructure of today is both more sophisticated and more interconnected than ever before – linking vast amounts of information and services in new ways.  The advent of cloud, mobile, social, big data, other digital trends is disrupting even the most secure enterprise I.T. infrastructure. In addition to those disruptive and emerging technology  trends is the fact that the criminals and hackers out there are getting more and more sophisticated in their planning of cyber attacks.  All this puts so much stress on the security of the enterprise infrastructure that IT security can no longer be an afterthought.   Security must now become part of an enterprise’s IT design and involve security intelligence capabilities that prevent, detect and address system breaches anywhere. 

2013 Information Technology Security Trends to Watch
Below you will find some of the key areas to watch within the overall Security Trend in 2013

  1. Complexity Increases:  IT Security continues to become very complex, thanks to mobile, social, big data, and cloud trends.
  2. Mobile is a Target:  Hackers and criminals increasingly target Mobile Platforms, Mobile Wallets, and App Stores, causing  CIOs ro allocate more resources towards securing Mobile Device Management and BYOD policies.
  3. Malware Sophistication:   Criminals target enterprise infrastructures with sophisticated malware at all potential endpoints.
  4. Cyber Wars: Government and Terrorist-sponsored attacks increase on all institutions.
  5. Targeted Attacts:  Expect more targeted and coordinated attacks that are successful in disrupting service and fraudulently obtaining significant amounts of intellectual property.
  6. Cloudy Forecast #1:  Expect a few very large and public attacks on clouds.
  7. Cloudy Forecast #2:  CIOs look to Cloud-based Security Services for help.
  8. Security Automation:  Enterprises will invest in better security management facilities, the use of analytics and intelligence to identify trends and usage patterns, and the ability to monitor, report, and act on security intelligence.
  9. Security Leadership:  More enterprises will institute the Chief Information Security Officer role.

Information Technology Security: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report

Data Visualization: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report

Embedded below is my deck from Slideshare titled Data Visualization: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report.   Enjoy!

Big Data and Analytics are such powerful trends in the media that Data Visualization often gets overlooked…or is an afterthought.  It should not be that way.  You can do a great job of implementing Big Data and Analytics solutions but if you can’t display the insights to decision makers in a format that helps them quickly understand the insights and the implications of those insights, then you are not helping them make business decisions.

Wikipedia defines Data Visualization as “the study of the visual representation of data, meaning “information that has been abstracted in some schematic form, including attributes or variables for the units of information.” Wikipedia (link)

I believe in 2013 we will see (we need to see) increased attention placed on the importance of Data Visualization as a separate important trend topic. The explosive growth in Big Data…both structured and unstructured is resulting in large databases and data warehouses that contain critical information that can aid in the process of making decisions. Advanced analytics software is getting better at pulling the insights out of that information, however Business Leaders need the insights presented in simple visual formats that aid and speed decision making. That’s where data visualization solutions can help.

Data Visualization Trends for 2013

  1. Awareness: In 2013, there will be increased awareness of the benefits of data visualization, leading to more requests for information, demos, and case studies.
  2. Growth: Focused vendors like Tableau and Spotfire continue to innovate and grow at a rapid pace as decision makers demand improved data visualization capability.
  3. Large Vendors: Larger IT vendors will increase investments in this market to complement Big Data and Analytic capabilities.
  4. Self Service: The self service trend extends to visualization tools as users want to be able to manipulate the data, simulating expected changes in data in real-time to see impact
  5. Mobile: There will be increased demand for data visualization capabilities on tablets and smartphones.
  6. Simple is Better: Most decision makers value simple over complex visualizations with lots of ‘bells and whistles’.
  7. Telling a Story: Visualizations that tell a story are preferred, resulting in a need for analysts who can craft a good story.
  8. Hall of Fame: Vendors develop websites that highlight best of breed visualization examples to help educate and sell.
  9. Augmented Reality: AR is still an emerging technology, but enterprises will continue to experiment with it as a way to display information in real-time and context aware situations.
  10. 3D Visualizations: Used in product development for years, 3D is being increasing applied to business analytics as a way of helping decision makers understand insights in big data.

Data Visualization – A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report