The Future of IT – 5 Trends in Tech that will shape the Next Decade

When we were hit by the pandemic back in 2020, the world has gone through one of its biggest disruptions and we have been forced to adapt our very way of life. This has only further driven the inevitable move towards digitization at an unprecedented pace.

Studies show that responses to Covid-19 have brought forward the adoption of digital technologies by several years. This is especially true in developed Asian cities where technology adoption is 10 years ahead of what was previously predicted based on surveys and studies.

Businesses ranging across various factors are more likely than ever to say that their main customer interaction happens online. This can be observed in everyday life by the rise of online shopping and e-hailing services as opposed to shopping in physical stores or simply waiting for cabs. Whether we choose to accept it or not, the future of IT is here, and it is here to stay.

Read on to find out 5 trends in tech that will shape the next decade.

Big Data

To put simply, big data is a set of data of greater variety, complexity and sources that can be extracted and analyzed through the use of systems. The shift online has led to massive data dumping and created a huge data pool. With the help of AI systems, organizations can now extract and segregate this data but there is still room for optimization through data storytelling. Once the information has been extracted, it is then the  job of the data expert  to break it down and create a narrative that allows for the data to be easily used.

Cloud computing

Cloud computing is the use of the internet for storing and managing data on remote servers and accessing said data over the internet as well. With the ever expanding need for storage, cloud based services will continue to rise as well as the demand for cloud computing professionals.

Cybersecurity

With seemingly everything moving online, and the increase of cyber security threats, there is a growing need to keep the cyberspace secure from both external and internal threats. As we keep moving forward in digitization, cybersecurity is predicted to be one of the biggest growing areas and experts in this line can expect to receive a handsome sum.

Digital Platforms

The growth of digital platforms such as Facebook and Instagram cannot be denied. This will only continue in an upwards incline. With newer digital platforms emerging, large platforms will be faced with the pressure to keep upgrading and evolving to anticipate the shift in consumer behaviour. It is not a stretch to say that digital platforms can even play a role in creating  user trends.

Robots

Though we probably aren’t at the age of Ultron just yet, this could very much be our near future. Robots and AI technology have grown so exponentially and  the advancements made in these last few years alone have pushed AI technology far beyond what was ever deemed possible. A time when robots are sentient enough to comprehend emotions is near.

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What is Zero Trust Approach?

As the world moves further into digitalization, the constant threat that haunts us all is data breaches. Almost all our information has circulated the web at least once. With more and more people opting to online banking and shopping even sensitive information such as billing addresses and credit card information gets stored online. Everytime you log into a new application, more of your data is being tracked and stored for advertising and targeting purposes.

While all this is fine, it becomes an issue when hackers manage to break into an organization’s data pool; this is what is known as a data breach. With workplace environments becoming more diverse, and workers being mobile, organizations today face a new challenge in maintaining security. Recent industry reports show that large-scale data breaches occur every month and can be traced back to misconfigurations amongst other things Many systems have been implemented to ramp up cybersecurity in efforts to adapt to the changing demands and to stop these data breaches that could land an organization in a lot of trouble. One such system is the Microsoft Zero Trust Model.

To put simply, the Zero Trust Model is an approach and a concept that trusts no one, therefore is programmed to doubt everything inside and outside of an organization. Since the organization does not automatically trust anything outside its perimeters, everything needs to be granted authentication before gaining access to its resources regardless of user or application environment.  Until the system has identified the user, and their authorization to access any server,  said user will not be allowed entry. This deliberate change of mindset means becoming predictive: moving from reacting to a breach to anticipating it and having the processes in place to respond.  This may seem like a very drastic move but consider this; cybercrime is set to cost the world $6 trillion by the end of this year and this number is only going to go up. The stakes are high enough that drastic measures such as the Zero Trust Approach are not only optimal but necessary.

The Zero Trust Model is held on six pillars which are identities, devices, data, apps, infrastructure and network. These six pillars are a framework and each of these six foundational elements is a source of signal, a control plane for enforcement, and a critical resource to be defended. This makes each area crucial for investments.

  1. Identity

The Zero Trust control plane is defined by identities, whether they represent people, systems, or IoT devices. When a user tries to access a resource, there is a need to authenticate that identity using strong authentication, and to ensure that access is compliant and appropriate for that identity.

  1. Devices

Once an identification is proven, data can be transmitted to a number of devices, including IoT devices and smartphones. Because of this variety, there is a large attack surface area that must be monitored and enforced for secure access.

  1. Data

At the end of the day, security professionals are concerned with safeguarding data. Where possible, data should remain safe even if it leaves the devices, apps and networks the organization controls. Data should be classified, labeled, and encrypted, and access should be limited based on these characteristics.

  1. Apps

The interface through which data is consumed is provided by applications and APIs. Controls and technologies should be applied to monitor for abnormal behavior and to control user actions.

  1. Infrastructure

 Hardening against attacks on premises or in the cloud by detecting attacks and anomalies, and automatically blocking and flagging risky behavior.

  1. Network

Networks should be segmented  and real-time threat protection, end-to-end encryption, monitoring, and analytics should be used.

As you begin to assess your Zero Trust readiness and begin to plan on the changes to improve the protection across your identities, devices, applications, data, infrastructure, and networks, focus on these key areas to help your Zero Trust implementation to be more effective. infoTrek offers a comprehensive Microsoft Security course planner that caters for any level of expertise in the cybersecurity field. Sign up today and get certified to protect your organization.

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The evolution of Cyber Security skills and 5 ways to build a Cyber Security culture

Current Cyber Security Status

On December 2018, Forbes posted an article, predicting how Cyber Security will be in 2019. With various cases like Media Prima being hit by ransomware, or Marriott Hotel’s series of data breaches, one can easily see how important cyber security will be in the coming future.

The evolution of Security Skills

Today, Security is at the top of mind for many companies, especially in this digital driven era. Many companies rely on technology to run their businesses. Basically, Cyber Security skills has evolved from “good to have” to “must have”.

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Year End 2018: Events Highlight

(1) The Synergy Between ITIL, Agile, Lean IT and DevOps Workshop

Digital transformation is not just about embracing new technology, it is about a change in thought and organization culture. In order to further understand the statement, Info Trek Penang has invited Quint Wellington Redwood’s CEO Maurice Boon and Asia Consulting Director Michiel de Boer to conduct a wonderful half day workshop on  1st November 2018 to share with us what Digital transformation is. Continue reading “Year End 2018: Events Highlight”

Building a Culture of Cybersecurity

Warren Buffet recently cited cybersecurity as the number one issue facing humanity- more dangerous even than nuclear weapons. If one of the world’s preeminent investors, who quantifies business risk and opportunity every day, is paying so much attention to the issue, every executive and board member should, too. And many are. According to the World Economic Forum, a majority of business leaders indicated that cyber-attacks are their top concern heading into 2018. Much of this attention is likely driven by the substantial— and costly—growth of cybercrime. It is estimated that in just three short years, cybercrime damages will reach $6 trillion annually, making cyber-attacks more profitable than the trade in all illegal drugs, combined. Continue reading “Building a Culture of Cybersecurity”