It's hard to believe another decade has come and gone. Equally hard to believe? That we've been putting up our Tech Predictions for the last 10 years. It's fun to go back and see what we got right (Amazon "taking over the world," the proliferation of iPads and other tablet devices), and where we might have missed the mark (hackers and viruses becoming problematic on smartphones). In some ways, the landscape is completely different than it was ten years ago. The majority of our clients have moved to the cloud. Ransomware is a thing...unfortunately. We're seeing the first glimpses of artificial intelligence make its way into our daily professional and personal lives.
Interestingly, some things stayed the same. Cyber threats continue to be pervasive. And of course, we never did get those flying cars the Jetsons promised us, although self-driving cars could very well be the norm just a few short years from now.
Let's continue the tradition into the next decade! Here are our 2020 Technology Predictions:
Ransomware Won't Quit
Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, that was designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. It typically spreads through phishing emails or by unknowingly visiting an infected website.
Ransomware can devastate a business or organization, including government agencies. Anyone who has valuable information stored on their computer or network is at risk. Recovering lost data can be a challenging process that will require the service and assistance of a data recovery specialist. Even if the ransom is paid, there is no guarantee that individuals will recover all their files.
Ransomware will continue its rapid growth with no end in sight. Therefore, it is essential to be cautious and to take preventative steps to ensure you're not held captive by a hacker's ransom. Ensure that your data is backed up and secure. Educate your self and employees on how to spot phishing scams. Know that you can't be overly cautious about clicking on links or opening attachments in emails. If you're not sure, call the person who purportedly sent the email.
For the perpetrators, the punishment (which rarely occurs) doesn’t fit the crime, so there is nothing that is slowing down or stopping criminals from continuing these campaigns.
- Want to know more about other preventative measures that you can take, check out this article by Norton.
Cloud Computing: Living on the Edge
Cloud computing has been around for approximately thirteen years. It is the delivery of computing services – including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence - over the Internet (aka “the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scales.
There are many benefits in incorporating cloud computing to your business or organization. These benefits include:
- Cost – Cloud computing removes the expense of purchasing hardware and software, the cost to set up the equipment, and running on-site data centers.
- Global Scale – It allows the ability to scale elastically, meaning it can deliver the right amount of IT resources such as storage and bandwidth right when it’s needed from the right geographic location.
- Performance – Large-scaled cloud computing services run on a worldwide network of secure datacenters that are regularly upgraded to the latest generation of fast and efficient computing hardware.
- Security – Cloud providers offer a broad set of policies, technologies, and controls that strengthen the overall security posture for any individual, business, or organization. It helps to protect one’s data, apps, and infrastructure from threats.
- Speed – Most, if not all, cloud computing services provide self-service on demand; therefore, even vast amounts of computing resources can be provisioned in minutes.
- Productivity – Cloud computing removes the need for “racking and stacking”, which another name for hardware setup, software patching, and other time-consuming IT tasks.
- Reliability – Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity easier and less expensive since data can easily be mirrored at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network.
One of the top emerging technologies that is starting to take shape as a result of cloud computing is being called “edge computing”. It effectively brings the computer resources closer to the source. This new technology will be necessary as we move forward with IOT, smart devices and cars. Some technology simply needs faster communication, and “edge computing” is one way in which that goal can be accomplished.
Virtual Reality Goes Mainstream
Virtual reality is not new. If you haven’t tried the consumer products that Oculus, Samsung or Sony PlayStation is putting out, you will be blown away. I can see this type of experience being utilized in classroom education, on the job training, sales improvements, public safety, tourism…the list goes on and on.
- To get a more in-depth understanding of virtual reality, check this article out.
We're excited to see what the next decade holds! We'll see you back here next year to see how much we got right this time around. If you want to see how we fared last year, check out our 2019 Tech Predictions.