Fifteen Cyber Security Predictions for 2015

Fifteen Cyber Security Predictions for 2015

This year was plagued by a series of criminal cyber attacks on organizations from Target and Apple to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Now, as Sony Pictures deals with an epic breach—impacting its reputation, finances and ability to conduct business as usual—companies are looking to shore up their cyber defenses to avoid a similar fate.

Get Secure

No doubt these cyber breaches will continue to increase in frequency and ferocity in 2015. Here are our predictions on cyber security in 2015:

  • Security professionals will change their mindset from “if” they will be hacked to “when”
  • Businesses will invest in advanced early detection solutions to mitigate their exposure to data theft
  • Infection phase chains will become the vector of choice for new types of malware and botnets
  • Cyber criminals will exploit a broader range of encryption vulnerabilities
  • Corporations will increasingly invest in breach insurance as a standard risk management practice

Communications Choices

Workers are driving many technology adoption trends. Unified communications (UC) services are increasingly moving to the cloud to enable a wide array of communications choices. Here are our predictions for the year ahead:

  • Cloud-based UC will replace the PBX, providing a more feature-rich and cost-effective set of options
  • Cloud-based UC vendors will make mobile integration simple and convenient to support the variety of devices in use
  • WebRTC will let companies extend the reach of their UC systems to customers, vendors and partners
  • Cloud UC services will enrich customers’ experience through the integration of voice and video into company web sites and mobile apps
  • Cloud-based UC services will integrate with enterprise applications such as CRM systems to enhance customer support and speed problem resolution

Network Evolution

Enterprise networking is entering a new era of breakthrough innovation. Some innovations will move beyond hype to real world implementations. Here’s a look at what we think will impact buyers of communications services:

  • Software Defined Networking (SDN) will move beyond the data center into wide area networking, automating many administrative functions
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV) solutions will become commercially available, offering simplified management and control
  • Enterprises will embrace hybrid network architectures with more secure VPNs for branch offices and remote workers, delivering improved price, performance and reach
  • Traditional switching equipment will be replaced with more cost-effective generic solutions
  • IPv6 adoption will increase due to the vast number of devices on the Internet. IPv6 reduces complexity and offers built-in security—critical issues to network administrators

Innovative and disruptive network technologies will reach critical mass in 2015, driven by enterprises’ need for speed, flexibility and efficiency.

About John Dumbleton

SVP, Business Development, Masergy
John Dumbleton has over 20 years experience in networking and IT solutions and has served as Senior Vice President, Business Development at Masergy since May 2008. He is responsible for strategic business development and oversees the marketing and demand generation efforts at Masergy. His experience ranges from strategic sales, channel development, and product development to business strategy and strategic acquisitions. John holds an MBA and bachelors of science in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Tech.