Ahead of the curve

Network Middle East - - CONTENTS / JANUARY 2019 - David Ndichu Edi­tor [email protected]

It is the first is­sue of 2019. We asked in­dus­try in­sid­ers to weigh in on the net­work­ing and cy­ber­se­cu­rity trends they see hav­ing the great­est im­pact in the year ahead, some which we have high­lighted in our spe­cial fea­ture on 2019 IT trends in­side.

In cy­ber­se­cu­rity, a threat that emerged in 2017 and 2018, cryp­to­min­ing, will con­tinue to plague IT sys­tems glob­ally and in the re­gion. These threats are al­ready preva­lent and tar­get IOT de­vices, web-browsers, cloud in­fra­struc­ture as well as tra­di­tional com­put­ers and mo­bile de­vices.

2018 saw a grow­ing list of cloud cy­ber­se­cu­rity in­ci­dents, mainly driven by se­cu­rity teams not be­ing en­gaged early. Lessons learnt, or­gan­i­sa­tions will likely start cir­cling the wag­ons this year around their cloud plat­forms.

IOT is on the up, and 5G, which will be com­mer­cially avail­able in 2019 in many GCC coun­tries, will only ac­cel­er­ate the num­ber of con­nected de­vices. Ex­pect to see IOT de­vices com­ing un­der at­tack them­selves or be­ing used in large bot­nets to hit third-party tar­gets.

AI is rein­vent­ing the way we work, which makes roles in the field a grow­ing ne­ces­sity. How­ever, there’s not enough talent to go around. The best pro­fes­sion­als will likely be snapped by up by large firms with deep pock­ets, leav­ing start-ups and SMBS on a lurch.

The prob­lems fac­ing mod­ern en­ter­prises in mov­ing data be­tween pub­lic cloud and on­premise so­lu­tions are a sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge. In 2019, ven­dors will launch more ro­bust and uni­fied multi-cloud so­lu­tions that pro­vide both the flex­i­bil­ity and sim­plic­ity that or­gan­i­sa­tions need when bridg­ing this di­vide

Happy new year.

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