With 2016 quickly coming to a close, DRS Imaging is taking a look at the biggest trends that will impact how we look at data management in 2017. Because many businesses took action to add digital transformation into their strategic plan this past year, we predict what's next so businesses can continue to adapt to evolutions occurring within the marketplace and keep up with changing regulations.
1) Security: It will be a rough year for cybersecurity. Ransomware was arguably the fastest-growing and biggest threat companies encountered in 2016 - and there's no sign this malicious software trend will slow down anytime soon. In a CNN article on ransomware, estimates from the FBI state cyber-criminals collected $209 million during the first quarter of 2016 for unlocking computer servers. This will likely get worse as hackers better understand data value and attack methods. That's why frequent backups, proper archiving and hack-proof security measures are essential to keep business' data, and ultimately, bottom line, safe. Beyond an increase in ransomware, expect changes and updates in cybercrime's regulatory environment as agencies try to keep up with hackers and internationally-related issues. More than ever, companies need to focus on secure document storage.
2) Mobility and Automation: The �Bring-Your-Own-Device� trend and a boost in remote working have brought data segregation into the limelight. As employees access their devices for both personal and professional use, businesses will need to isolate information from one source to another to keep things efficient. With greater technology access and free-flow of information, business automation and responsive connections will become crucial. When automating workflows to capture what matters, businesses can better adapt to the market, cater to customers and streamline processes. Mobile is clearly the face of digital communication for employees and clients alike, so providing a company-wide, unified mobile experience is a transformation that will happen more proactively next year.
3) Cloud-Based Hosting and Storage: As more and more individuals and small companies rely on public cloud providers like Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple to store their information, hackers are taking note of the vast amount of data at their fingertips if a single provider is infiltrated. Because of this, we expect to see better automatic protection for cloud-based services in the way of complex firewall configurations and more traditional security measures. Outside of security threats, the IDG's 2016 Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey found that when it comes to cloud adoption and migration plans in the next year, organizations will focus on business and data analytics, as well as business records management. It should be doable for these organizations, considering 28% of their total IT budget is dedicated to cloud computing in 2017.
4) Internet of Things: Yes, this buzzword is still buzz-worthy. Cisco reports that there will be 50 billion IoT sensors by 2020 - creating an increase in and reliance on IoT devices that give cybercriminals new revenue streams and points of entry. Just consider the rapid development of connected and driverless cars: we are just waiting for the first major auto industry hack with such novel integrated location-based surveillance and intelligence. Security in the IoT arena will still be a major focus for many in the upcoming year. As connected devices bring in bigger and better data, businesses in 2017 can concentrate on archives and records management and optimization - as well as hone their approach to successfully tackle the IoT market and data management within their particular industry.
In today's uncertain world, many IT professionals may be weary of where to place their trust. Know that you're getting a partner-in-crime (or better, partner-in-security!) when you team up with DRS Imaging. We understand how essential it is to adjust alongside industry shifts, and know how the power of technology can improve your bottom line.