Abstract: If 2018 is a year of frequent data breaches, then for IT professionals this year will be a year in which companies take concrete steps to prevent data breaches. 

If 2018 is a year of frequent data breaches, then for IT professionals this year will be a year in which companies take concrete steps to prevent data breaches.   Below are some of the recent insights from @IDGTechTalk on Twitter about the 2019 Corporate Technology Trends discussion.   In fact, a recent poll by @IDGTechTalk showed that privacy and security were the hottest corporate technology issues in 2019 (45%), followed by artificial intelligence (30%), cloud computing (16%) and blockchain ( 9%).   

“I think cybersecurity will be the focus of 2019,” technical writer Siobhan Climer said on Twitter. In 2018, ‘data leaks are everywhere!’ And in 2019 we will say, “Okay, this is what we are going to solve!”   

Brent Kirkpatrick, founder of Intrepid Net Computing and a computer security researcher, agrees. He said that in 2018, business people finally realized that anyone can be the target of hacking. “In 2019, it is time for us to work hard to solve this problem!” he said.   

Mike D. Kail, chief technology officer at The Everest Project, said that at the board level, cybersecurity needs to be pushed to the top of the list. “What you need is action, not endless fantasies.” He said “Fantasy and prayer are not a good security strategy.”   A representative of Adlib Software agreed to this: “I hope that in 2019 we can see a more aggressive strategy, not just a passive defense like in the past.”   

How to improve business security   

How to improve security? Climer wrote in a recent article that advances in cloud computing and blockchain will help organizations better protect their data.   

She writes: “Although these are not new technology trends – blockchains and clouds guide the entire 2018 conversation – how companies can use these technology tools to achieve operational security, there may be a huge shift. ”   

Jessica Marie, director of product marketing at Vera Security, also said that technological advances in cybersecurity will help.   

“I am most interested in advances in cybersecurity, especially encryption and data security in cloud/collaboration tools.” She said on Twitter: “I learned from recent intrusions that this may already be It has become very necessary.”   

Tyler James Johnson, founder and CEO of PrivOps, said data governance will also play an important role in improving cybersecurity and data privacy. “I think this is also important for data and analytics solutions,” Johnson said. “And there is a lot of correlation between data privacy and security. For me, 2019 will be a year in which all these trends will come together.”   Kirkpatrick added that data privacy regulations are also important – HIPPA may also be evolving due to the GDPR implemented in 2018. “For 2019, I am very happy to see more discussions about the similar GDPR regulations in US data protection,” he said.   

Other corporate technology trends that need attention in 2019  AI   

Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates, LLC, predicts that artificial intelligence will make significant progress, but not as fast as many expected. This is because it is still too difficult for many people. Therefore, the biggest trend this year will be to make significant progress in simplifying the user interface.   

“The biggest trend in the field of artificial intelligence will no longer be computing (although this is important). It will make software tools available to the public — rather than continuing to ask advanced data scientists to do every analysis,” he said.   However, Climer believes that the biggest advancement will come from chips that support artificial intelligence, which will “improve the speed of artificial intelligence execution programs, improve workload management and predictive analysis,” she also wrote in the 2019 Technology Trends article. Written.   StarCIO’s president and founder, Isaac Sacolick, said in a recent article on technology trends that companies implementing artificial intelligence will “keep a deep understanding of the capabilities that artificial intelligence and machine learning can easily implement, as well as the ability to invest in long-term investments.” Sacolick is also a participant in Twitter chat.   

He said smaller companies may reconsider their investment in artificial intelligence, but more companies and larger companies will take more steps to leverage this technology and machine learning.   

“A part of this return will come soon, as more artificial intelligence tools and technologies make it easier to process data, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Even deep learning will become more mainstream. Others People only need to do basic processing of their data and agile practices, and then moderate AI validation of the concepts,” Sacolick wrote.   However, Climer said more companies will use artificial intelligence because the technology will be integrated with the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in the field of edge computing.   

“This may prompt companies to use artificial intelligence for more predictive maintenance and analysis. Data scientists and developers will be able to take advantage of improved neural network models and use Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) to increase the adoption of artificial intelligence. Clier wrote.   

cloud computing   

When chatting on Twitter, Phil Siarri, founder and market researcher at Nuadox, said that cloud computing is expected to continue moving forward in 2019. He said: “I really believe that 2019 will be the year of cloud computing, and the penetration rate of cloud computing will further increase and enter new markets and industries.”   

In fact, a cloud computing study conducted by IDG Communications in August 2018 found that by 2019, nine out of ten companies will have some applications or infrastructure in the cloud; the rest are also expected to be before 2021. follow up.   Gold also agreed that the move to cloud computing will continue to accelerate, especially for hybrid clouds. But he also said that many legacy systems may never be moved.   

Blockchain   

Kail said that the blockchain was a success in 2018 — some say it may have been over-hyped — but 2019 will be the year of the blockchain real use case.   

This is a basic technique, but it has been misunderstood, and Climer added that he emphasized that distributed ledger technology is not just a tool for the financial industry.   

She said one of the exciting prospects for blockchain is its application in cybersecurity. She wrote in a recent article that its application in software-defined networking (SDN) is also an ideal choice.   

Climer writes: “SDN supporting blockchain will replace cryptographic currency transactions with information-based transactions between network devices. And people can focus on more strategic technical initiatives instead of letting network managers handle vulnerabilities. , patching servers, updating software, or monitoring machine performance; for example, artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to optimize SDN that supports blockchain.   

However, blockchain technology may also bring some confusion to the IoT and cloud-based infrastructure, she said.

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