We wish we didn’t have to say it, but when will security NOT be an issue or a hot topic? Data centers must continue to address the critical issues around physical security as well as security of the IT workload. In 2019, there will be ongoing tightening of security standards and increased adoption of leading-edge security techniques, tools and software across the industry.

In 2018 alone, according to Datacenter Knowledge, the cybersecurity epidemic caused countless data breaches, exacerbated the cybersecurity skills shortage, and left organizations of all sizes struggling with ineffective security programs. As such, the three security predictions that Datacenter Knowledge makes for 2019 include:

  • Cloud providers adopting a ‘security by default’ approach, in which they take the security controls already built into their platforms and ensure they are “on by default.” Simplifying security in this way should reduce human error, along with associated vulnerabilities and gaps in security defenses.
  • Enterprises will revert back to security basics by starting with simple again, prioritizing policies and processes that focus on tried and true basics such as “AAA” : Authentication, think User Directory and Multi-Factor Authentication; Authorization, which handles the permissions a user should have once authenticated; and Accounting, which watches and verifies the integrity of the user’s account from internal and external changes.
  • Companies will favor all-in-one security devices over standalone point products.

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