Ahead of the curve
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.