‘What 2 things are most likely to change the security industry in the next 2 years? And why?’

1) The pervasiveness of mobile devices will lead to a change in the way we traditionally approach security. It is a well-accepted fact that data breaches are inevitable and organisations will come to realise that whilst they will still have to maintain traditional security controls, the emphasis should shift not only to people and behaviours, empowering staff and partners to make the right decisions (through the right technologies, the right processes and education), but also on effective response. The landscape is no longer just about “keeping the bad guys out”, but more about “catching the bad guys quickly when they’re in”, and learning from it.

2) Identity: again, in this hyper connected world (the United Nations predict that there will be 7.5 billion people on earth by 2020, whereas Cisco predict a massive 40 billion interconnected devices by then!), we share more and more of ourselves online, sometimes perhaps without looking to the consequences. Each time we do this, we place our information and our faith in the security measures taken by those managing it on our behalf. It is no wonder then that, in the UK alone, identity fraud totalled £3.3 billion in 2012 and affected 27% of the UK adult population (National Fraud Authority June 2013). We have already seen a lot of consolidation in the market (e.g. Equifax, EMC, Symantec, etc.). Identity management (and the related field of authentication) will continue on its growth path for the foreseeable future.

Neira Jones | Accourt | Partner | @neirajones

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