Security is a long term trend that just continues to grow in importance as the number of potential entrances that can be exploited grows. Today’s CIOs have security on their mind 24×7.
As new technologies like cloud, mobile and social take the IT landscape by storm, security risks grow exponentially. The data center is more vulnerable than ever. New threats are emerging daily and even hourly. For this reason, it is no longer enough for organizations, or even entire governments, to try to address security strictly within their own enterprises, they must understand and protect all the the potential external risks.
In my report “Enterprise IT Security Trends To Watch In 2014” available on Slideshare, I provide the following list of twelve trends I am watching this year around the Enterprise Security Trend.
“Target”ed Attacks: Expect more targeted and coordinated attacks (like we saw at Target) that are successful in disrupting service and fraudulently obtaining significant amounts of intellectual property.
CISO Role: As a result of attacks, more enterprises will institute the Chief Information Security Officer role and task them with developing a corporate wide security strategy.
More Complexity: IT Security continues to become very complex, thanks to the ‘third platform” of mobile, social, big data, and cloud. Enterprises must guard against both theft of data, fraud, etc. and hacking into systems and infrastructures.. Security skills will be in high demand.
Encryption: Expect a huge interest in encryption technologies as enterprises realize that unencrypted data traffic behind the firewall is vulnerable to detection from outsiders.
Biometrics: The acceptance of biometrics has been very gradual. In 2014, we will see increased adoption of biometrics as a way to transition from the traditional user ID/password combination used most frequently to verify online identities.
Internet of Things: Need to secure enterprise systems against unwelcome access by Sensors, M2M Devices, Wearables and Embedded Systems.
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.
Smarter Malware: Malicious code authors are very adept at camouflaging their work. They will get smarter in 2014. Expect mobile to be a target.
Mobile Threats: Mobile usage overtakes PCs. Mobile security platform weaknesses are giving rise to new threats. In 2014 hackers/criminals will increasingly target Mobile email, apps, platforms, wallets, and app stores.
BYOWearables: Employees will be bringing their Smart Glasses, Watches, and Health Monitors to work with them, causing more complexity for I.T. Security professionals.
Device & Location Important: Enterprises begin analyzing both device and location information to help them understand the potential context of the user’s attempt to access the network.
BYOS: Expect a rise in “bring your own security” scenarios, in which employees using their own mobile devices for work also employ their own personal security measures – often without the consent or awareness of enterprise security managers.
Below you will find my list of the top trends in 2014 for application software development along with a information about my latest Application Software Development Trends to Watch in 2014 report that you can download out on slideshare.
Trends in Software Development
The emergence of a new computing era built on a secure platform of mobile, social, cloud, and big data/analytics capabilities is impacting business models and processes. Keeping pace with new trends such as mobile, big data analytics, and the growing move towards cloud-based systems has brought new and more challenging issues to the forefront of application development. Application software developers must transform old legacy applications to align with fast changing business needs. In today’s environment, application development teams need increased agility, new skill sets, distributed teams, and more complex software engineering methods.
Here then, is my list of top software development trends for 2014
Innovate for the “Third Platform”: Legacy is old. Developing on the third platform will accelerate in 2014. However, it requires new skills in Security, Social, Cloud, Mobile, Big Data/Analytics, IoT, HCI, Gamification, and Cognitive Computing.
Use of APIs Accelerates: In 2014, we are going to see a huge leap forward in how APIs are put to use to drive innovation and help organizations be more efficient and profitable.
Designing For Hybrids: Developers must design private cloud services with a hybrid future in mind . Must make sure future integration and interoperability are possible, while securing the enterprise at the same time.
IoT & Embedded Systems: Demand for skilled developers who can develop sense and respond systems and other IoT-based solutions increases.
Integrating Front and Back Office: Growing integration requirements between back office IT and operations – for example with smart physical hardware (pumps, switches etc) capturing info relevant to operations, business management; cyber security; etc.
Secure The Enterprise!: With the advent of distributed systems, mobile, IOT, etc, there is no longer a fixed perimeter to fully protect now. The ‘attack surface’ is now huge. Developers will called upon to secure the enterprise.
Software Defined “Everything”: In 2014, the buzz around Software Defined will increase. Enterprises and service providers force clear definitions . Expect numerous product announcements from vendors.
Application Containers: The next big thing is containerizing and virtualizing the application, not just the machine. Watch companies include Docker and ZeroVM.
DevOps Adoption Accelerates: More than just about automating deployments, DevOps requires cultural change, including coordination, collaboration and trust among the teams that participate in the application lifecycle.
Open Trend Continues: Open Source, Open Standards, OpenStack, OpenFlow, Open Compute, and Open Data.
Crowd Sourcing/Funding: Crowd sourcing of everything. Now projects are crowd sourced and crowd funded. Support is now crowd supplied in places like stack overflow.
Hack Days: Becoming more popular as a way to develop innovative new software and features within a tight deadline.
Hadoop: The Hadoop ecosystem is maturing. Expect a whole new set of real-time analysis capabilities.
HTML5 Growth: Businesses have started to truly understand the advantages (and limitations) of HTML5 in the enterprise. In 2014 we will see a new focus toward the ‘write once, play everywhere’ concept.
Secure Enterprise Mobile Apps: Developers need to roll out more secure alternatives to popular mobile apps. New pressures to make sure all enterprise apps are thoroughly vetted from a software security standpoint.
Application Performance Management: Vendors and their customers increasingly scrambling to address and control under-performing application environments.
Consumerization: Enterprise Developers need to keep an eye on what is being developed for Consumers. That next great consumer device, app, or solution may just be what’s needed for the enterprise.
Wearables will eventually go mainstream in enterprises. Not all employees will use wearables in their daily tasks, but there will be many employees that will use wearables to help them do their job better.
I am nearing the end of my research into Wearables and will be publishing my 2014 Trend / Resource Report soon. Hopefully this weekend.
While doing my research, I checked out various media outlet resources to understand what was being written about various devices and capabilities. The list below will appear in my report.
For the HorizonWatching Trend 2014 report: Enterprise IT Security Trends to Watch in 2014 I wanted to provide a list of people who are active on social networks and are talking about issues related to Enterprise IT Security.
So I did some research on Twitter to find people with large numbers of followers who were talking about the Enterprise Security topic. I would not necessary call these people influencers, but they do have extensive reach. When they tweet, they have the potential to reach many people. In addition to being active on Twitter, these people are all out on LinkedIn (link to their profile provided below) and all of these people blog as well. In my trend report, I provide links to their blogs.
These people are all producing and sharing thought leadership and opinions about the current and future state of enterprise security.
Below I provide a list of ten people (a subset of my list of the full list of 20 people you will find in Enterprise IT Security Trends to Watch in 2014 ). If you are in the Enterprise Security area, I’d suggest following these people, check out their blogs, and perhaps striking up a relationship with them.
We are fast-approaching a new era of computing called cognitive computing. Cognitive computing systems will learn, interact and adapt naturally to support consumers, knowledge workers and business decision makers. This new computing era is not an incremental change. It will disrupt industries and how work gets performed within those industries. It signifies a fundamental shift in how machines interact with us and the environment.
I recently published my trend report Cognitive Computing Trends to Watch in 2014. The report provides an overview of Cognitive Computing and what to watch in 2014 in related topics like IBM Watson, Artificial Intelligence, and Smart Machines. In the deck, I provide important trends and predictions about Cognitive Computing trends in 2014.
Below I’ve provided you some articles on this trend that I thought you would want to read.
Leading-edge businesses are already embracing advanced analytics solutions and services that can help them identify their most profitable customers, accelerate product innovation, optimize supply chains and pricing, and identify the true drivers of financial performance. These leading-edge businesses will be successfully prepared for the cognitive systems era.
I recently published my trend report Business Analytics: Trends to Watch in 2014 out on slideshare. The report provides an overview of Big data and what to watch in 2014. Below I’ve provided you some articles on this trend that I thought you would want to read.
In 2014, enterprise decision makers will no longer debate whether cloud services are reliable or secure enough to handle their corporate needs and will aggressively pursue strategic cloud initiatives that will transform the way they operate to better compete in an increasingly challenging business environment. Security and data governance issues will continue to be the major barrier to cloud adoption/implementation.
I recently published my trend report Cloud Computing Trends To Watch In 2014 on slideshare. The report provides an overview of Cloud Computing Trends to Watch in 2014.
Below I’ve provided you some articles on this trend that I thought you would want to read.
Yesterday in my post “2014 Technology Trend Webinars in December” I provided a list of upcoming technology analyst webinars during the month of December that can provide you with overviews of analyst trend and predictions for 2014. In this post today I am providing a list of similar webinars that have already occurred over the last few months. If you are interested in staying on top of technology trends, these are great webinars to review.
All these webinars have been recorded and archived, so you can access on demand via the analyst websites. The title of the webinars are hot linked so you can just click on the ones you want to view. These should all be free webinars, but you may need to register on the website if you have not done that already. Enjoy!
The World Economic Forum has published their annual outlook. This years publication “The Outlook on the Global Agenda 2014” provides a view on the challenges and opportunities of the coming 12–18 months for both Governments and Business organizations around the world. The publications is a good read for anyone wanting an overview of the status of the world economy. The publication is based on a survey of more than 1,500 global economic and development experts that asked them to explore the most important issues we all face in the coming year.
The Top 10 trends identified in the Outlook on the Global Agenda for 2014 are:
Societal tension in the Middle East and North Africa: war in Syria, political instability and unemployment in North Africa.
Widening income gap: ramifications for health, education and social mobility across all regions of the world.
Structural unemployment: a global issue demanding a global solution
Intensifying cyber threats: electronic armies and government agencies are threatening the fabric of the Internet
Inaction on climate change: extreme weather events may be occurring more frequently, but there has been no breakthrough on action to tackle the problem
Diminishing confidence in economic policies: the scale of the global downturn and the pace of recovery have left deep scars, particularly among the young
Lack of values in leadership: this has led to a crisis of legitimacy in governments and other institutions
Asia’s expanding middle class: greater hope for increased prosperity – but also environmental and resource challenges
Growing importance of megacities: these original social networks are home to more and more people, yet we still understand surprising little about how they grow and evolve
Rapid spread of misinformation online: the speed of social media – and the scale of big data – is making it harder for people to know that information received is real
I’ve highlighted in orange 4, 9, and 10 as these are trends that are particularly important to those of us in the Information Technology industry.
In addition to ranking the top trends for leaders in 2014, the publication also highlights emerging trends that experts believe will become increasingly important in the coming 12 months. These include the implications of shale gas extraction, the failure or inadequacy of democratic institutions, the rise of emerging market multinational companies and the role continued exploration of, and experimentation in, space can have in improving our world. The Outlook also offers insight into how different regions and age groups perceive global trends, as well as data from Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, which conducts public opinion polling on issues, attitudes and trends that are shaping the world.