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Jan 3, 2019

The Top 10 Security Megatrends in 2019: Are you Prepared?

Every year at the Securing New Ground (SNGTM) conference, the SIA identifies the ten biggest security trends for the upcoming year by mining SIA member surveys from hundreds of top-level executives in advance, unpacking the hot topics explored by SNG speakers and by speaking with SNG attendees.

We’ll provide the top ten security megatrends forecast here and then do a deeper dive into each these topics in our next set of blog posts, not only providing you with the data behind these trends, but actionable ways to incorporate security best practices into your business to ensure your security and your success.

As Ed Pederson, VP, Integrator and Distribution Sales for Bosch says, “Embrace change. Get involved. Share your opinions. Most of the time I see my customers not embracing change.” These ten megatrends are the change that’s been coming, so get ready to embrace the following:

1. Integrate Physical and Cybersecurity Correctly: As more and more communications, utility and security systems are connected through the growing IoT, this creates additional open environments and a stronger need for cybersecurity measures. The threats to our physical security are real – and dangerous. You can take practical steps to counteract these threats.

2. The IoT and Big Data Converge: More devices = more data. Between IoT, the cloud, big data, analytics, AI, cybersecurity, drones, robotics, software as a service (SaaS) and more, the sheer volume of information is insurmountable. How do we ride this wave and capitalize on it? Stay tuned …

3. Is Security keeping up with Cloud Computing? We trust in the cloud; hence it continues to grow in popularity. Yet cloud computing and security may not be moving at the same pace. Digital companies that operate through the cloud need to ensure their cybersecurity measures are tracking. Security integrators are setting up more managed services to facilitate this transition.

4. The Security Skills Shortage and 5 Ways to Overcome It: Record low unemployment translates as a dearth of skilled security labor across all type of businesses and in all job levels. Not only do our new security hires need to speak the language of security, but all non-IT employees need to be well versed too. As the industry attracts and onboards the next generation of security professionals, this widening hiring gap needs to be addressed.

5. What’s Next with the Proliferation of AI? After all the hype, AI is finally infiltrating our daily lives. Start-ups are taking advantage of its technology to leverage their position in the marketplace while more established companies tentatively test AI first before larger rollouts. This new megatrend will be interesting to track.

6. Data Privacy vs. Convenience: Which is Better? As we embrace growing interconnectedness and open systems, we relinquish some of our privacy. Where is the balance? What level of data privacy are we all willing to give up for the convenience of these seamlessly interconnected systems?

7. How Will Security Integrators Leverage DIY Security Systems? The market is loaded with DIY security options ranging from SimpliSafe® security to Nest’s video surveillance – and security integrators are losing money on the expensive equipment installations that get replaced by these lower cost options. Business customers are going DIY too. As they regroup, integrators are focusing on service models backed by excellent customer service with the convenience and ease of use that these plug-and-play customers expect.

8. The Best Ways to Bring Smarter Security to Smarter Environments: We’re taking connectivity one step further with whole-house and whole-business solutions that tie in multiple security devices, including HVAC, elevator controls, automation and more. When smart devices connect, they create smart environments, which must be secured – all the way up to the macro “smart city.” As machine learning helps these networks improve, they’ll gain popularity, making stronger security more imperative.

9. Going Biometric for Access Control: More companies are adopting facial recognition access systems now since the technology has greatly improved. Voice and sound recognition are forging ahead in the consumer market and are on track to infiltrate commercial businesses soon. How do we make these transitions easy and keep everything secure?

10. 3 Ways DIY is Revolutionizing the Security Space: The U.S. is the largest consumer electronics market on the planet, especially when it comes to connected smart devices. As consumers grow more comfortable securing their own, space, Google and Amazon’s smart speakers and voice control devices will become even more important. The largest companies with infrastructure already in place are poised to win the market share.

As we explore each of these new security megatrends in more detail, we’ll provide ways for you to take advantage of the new opportunities too. With great change comes great risk – and also great possibility.