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Everything you need to know about IT and technology

Written by Lorraine Poushin
on January 21, 2022

Businesses have been running to keep up over the last two years and could be forgiven for facing some change fatigue. Some of the trends that are likely to continue in 2022 aren’t new; however, they will significantly affect businesses, so it’s important to be aware of their evolution.

Businesses should work with trusted partners to understand how they can leverage these trends to drive growth in 2022 and beyond.

Ransomware attacks will continue to grow

The threats posed by ransomware will continue to be significant for organisations of all sizes. Attackers have found the technique can be both lucrative and disruptive for victims.

For this reason, security assessment and benchmarking will become increasingly important during the year.

2022 will be the year of the great data steal

As workers are required to return to an office-based life, it's likely some will resist and look elsewhere for employment. Disenchanted with their current employer, some will be tempted to make copies of valuable data files and take them to a new employer.

Internal data security will therefore become an even more important priority during the year.

Hybrid work will continue to shake up IT infrastructure

The pandemic has changed the way employees approach their home and work life, with the majority now choosing companies that allow them to work from anywhere. Moreover, flexible workspaces will prompt further investments in collaborative tools and wireless capabilities, along with cloud-agnostic technologies.

As hybrid work becomes the new normal, enterprises will accelerate their digital transformations to ensure the fast and secure access to cloud resources that they now need.

Automation will get smarter through AI and ML

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will help drive the detection and response of advanced security threats during 2022. It will be more widely implemented through the automation of processes and in support of decision-making.

Advanced tools will start to adopt these concepts and provide unique business value by leveraging semantic patterns and relationships in highly connected data and will augment human decision making, especially in areas like video recognition, cybersecurity, and healthcare.

Workload orchestration will become a priority

Workload orchestration across cloud platforms, the edge, and data centres will be key as workloads follow people across zones. Enterprises will increasingly recognise the need to protect workload data as it moves through cloud environments.

Operational technology will need to be modernised

Operational Technology (OT) lags IT in overhauling security in response to enlarged attack surfaces. Now, OT is a risk to IT and will need rapid modernising during the year if companies are to mitigate risk to business continuity.

Successful businesses of the future must prepare for the major technological changes expected over the next decade.

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