The Changing Shape of IT in 2018 and Beyond

Another year over, a new one fast approaching.

Amid the mince pies, Slade songs, and dodgy sweaters that dominate the seasonal landscape, let’s take a moment to reflect on the ever-changing digital environment of the modern workplace, and maybe cast a predictive eye upon what new delights, innovations and potential threats may lie in store for IT networks across the land in the coming year and beyond.

The Continuing Rise of Artificial Intelligence

Yes, it all sounds very sci-fi, doesn’t it?

But the fact is, AI is upon us, and likely to become more of a presence in our work and personal lives in the years ahead.

OK, so it’s not quite the Terminator, but rest assured that businesses large and small are starting to take things seriously when it comes to the application of intelligent software in the workplace.

AI is already being deployed within the digital infrastructures of a range of businesses, for a variety of purposes:

  • Anti-fraud detection in banks and finance houses
  • Customer service support in the shape of chatbots
  • Data analysis
  • Cyber-threat detection

As the capability increases, as it most assuredly will, in the months and years ahead, so AI is going to seep into ever more ubiquitous use within our systems.

Talking of Cyber-Threats

2017 was awash with emerging threats to our IT networks and computing infrastructures, as was 2016 and 2015 before it.

2018 will be no different.

Of course with new-evolving technology, there will come new threats with which to guard against.

For instance, as the world and the workplace continue to grow more connected, so there are new potential weak-spots, vulnerabilities, and ways into a system. Consider the Internet of Things (IoT), as an example. Devices and data-capturing tools that businesses might utilise offer new possibilities for business productivity and profitability, but they also come with new threats from hackers and virus spreads – threats that will need to be taken seriously and considered deeply when protecting your IT network.

Now, you may be a small to medium-sized business in South Wales, thinking that your IT system is not developed enough to worry about such innovations. Well, software giant Gartner predicts that by 2020 some form of IoT technology will be present in as much as 95% of all new electronic device. Making it a consideration for all businesses, everywhere.

The GDPR Effect

In May 2018, there will be a major change in the laws around storing and using personal data within organisations, with the arrival of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

IT systems across every company in every part of the UK are going to have to comply with the new regulations or face stiff penalties as a consequence. This will include new legislation on the transparency of how a company stores data, where it’s stored, and the levels of security in place.

It’s the largest change in data protection laws in a generation and is sure to have a significant impact on businesses as they seek to ensure compliance by the deadline, and continuing into the future.

Conclusion

The I.T. landscape is an ever-changing one; reacting and evolving in line with the changes to technology, regulation, and threat levels.

As we bid farewell to 2017, and say hello to the New Year, this will continue to be the case. AI and the IoT offer new potential and possibilities to even the most simple of systems, yet come with threats to security that cannot be ignored, while significant changes in the law bring new challenges but also new opportunities for the diligent business owner.

And so, a very Merry Christmas from all of us at Sabre, and a happy, healthy, compliant and secure 2018 to you all.

 

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