In just a few days, we’ll move into a new year. If you’re amazed at the changes in technology and security in 2014, here’s a hint of what experts say is in store for 2015.
We don’t need to tell you that mobile devices are everywhere. Everyone – and their grandma, it seems! – has a smart phone, and more and more people are buying tablets, too. That means computing is happening everywhere, and the analysts at Gartner say mobile technology will be used in new places in new ways in 2015. The focus will shift to the users’ experience on their phones.
Gartner also expects the “Internet of things” to continue to grow. What’s the Internet of things? Also called the “IoT,” the Internet of things is all those devices that are now connected to the Internet, including your smart home system or maybe a smart appliance like a refrigerator. (Smart home technology is one of the hottest subsets of the IoT.) In 2015, expect the Internet of things to grow and for technology to be embedded in more and more places.
All About the Cloud
No matter what else is trending in 2015, expect the cloud to be involved somehow. From switching to cloud-based software or moving back-up storage to the cloud, expect the cloud to be part of your daily life. In fact, we’re willing to bet you use the cloud every day, whether you check email using an online service like Gmail or you download apps from your favorite app store.
You already know that 2014 was a year of data breaches and security threats, from ransomware that holds your files hostage to hacked credit card information at major retailers. In 2015, be prepared for the unpredictable. CIO predicts that highly skilled cybercriminals will use modern tools – maybe even more modern than your computer network – to strike in ways you won’t expect. Smart businesses should be prepared for anything.
And that includes how you deal with the third-party contractors with whom you or your business share sensitive information. The credit card breach at Target happened because cybercriminals got access through an HVAC contractor. Which subcontractors have access to your business data? Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure their methods and networks are as secure as yours. Once your hand over your data, you’ve lost control of it.
BYOT to Work
Or, “bring your own tech.” Do you let employees do work on personal devices like smart phones, tablets, or laptops? This growing trend is here to stay, and CIO recommends that if you’re going to allow employees to use their own devices, you have a well-structured and detailed policy. Even if you prohibit BYOT, you may be unable to escape it, so it’s important to stay abreast of security threats and new technology.
Making Security a Habit
We love this trend highlighted by CIO – engaging your employees and making them the first line of defense against security threats. Make positive security behaviors and practices part of your process, and you don’t have to worry about teaching your employees to act in secure ways. They’ll just do it. This is a shift from past thinking: Instead of merely promoting awareness of security problems and then sending employees back to work, secure behaviors become a part of the process.
Are you ready for 2015? Give us a call today, and we can help you make sure you’re on the right track for the new year!