With 2015 coming to a close, it’s time for look at what we are expecting to see in 2016. As infrastructure and business models continue to evolve, so do the threats against them. Here are the top 5 trends that will have a significant impact on IT in 2016.
- Increased network dispersion
The growth of branch offices, microsites, and mobile technologies means that users will become more dispersed. Technology Managers will have to extend their security posture to include security for remote users while ensuring secure access to network resources. Centralised policy management and reporting will be key to maintaining a uniform security policy for on and off-network users. The use of mobile applications will grow as part of this trend. Also, BYOD policies will continue to evolve, challenging IT administrators to securely manage employee-owned devices on corporate networks.
Data centres and application delivery systems will also become more dispersed. An increasing adoption of private and public Cloud based hosting platforms will lead to hybrid data centre environments. Application traffic flows will be more non-deterministic and non-transactional. New data centre architectures will require connectivity across multiple deployment surfaces as well as application security that can migrate and scale with virtualised applications.
- Targeted attacks
- Public cloud adoption
Cloud adoption presents different types of challenges depending on the migration scenario. Many companies are only planning to migrate some of their assets to the Cloud. They want to leverage the benefits of the Cloud where they can, while keeping some resources on-site as needed. In this hybrid scenario, Technology Managers will be looking to deploy the same security in the Cloud as on-premise, and be looking to securely connect the on-premises and Cloud components. These companies may also need networking and segregation capabilities in the public Cloud.
A company that has no existing on-premises servers or applications may choose to deploy only to the Cloud. In this scenario, Technology Managers may struggle with security questions. How secure is the application? Who is responsible for server security? Is the deployment in compliance with regulations?
- Office 365 adoption
As part of a migration to Office 365, organisations will have to prepare their networks to handle the traffic and availability requirements as well as improve reliability. They will also have to prepare their data by consolidating legacy email archives.
- Growth of managed services