Staying knowledgeable on infrastructure and security trends is central to executing an effective business strategy. 

Infrastructure and security are vital areas of focus for businesses of all sizes in every industry. Staying up-to-date on how best to protect and secure sensitive data is central to curating a successful business strategy. As one of Apex’s primary skill areas, our infrastructure and security subject matter experts compiled some major trends they expect to see in 2020.

DevSecOps will increase security in existing DevOps approaches  

DevOps has consistently grown in popularity in recent years, allowing companies to combine development and operations processes and drastically increase their speed to market. Because technical resources rarely have both development and cybersecurity skills, companies are finding that security operations often operate independently and lag behind DevOps processes. In an attempt to cut out this extra step and the added time it costs, companies have begun integrating security tactics into their DevOps approaches. The new strategy, referred to as DevSecOps, is a philosophy that can both enhance cybersecurity protection and increase productivity.

More companies will use multi-cloud or hybrid cloud environments

While the number of companies using public cloud is expected to grow over the next year, those implementing a multi-cloud or hybrid approach will also increase. Placing specific workloads in the right public cloud, private cloud or on premise data center can let organizations leverage the specific services they need while optimizing resources and costs and adhering to security requirements. The cloud will keep growing, but for companies with complex workloads, multi-cloud or hybrid environments may be more beneficial for meeting these sophisticated needs while effectively managing the bottom line.

Software Defined Networks (SDN) will become commonplace in data centers

Cloud service providers are developing advanced technology implementing their own network switches and software, forcing traditional data centers to play catch up. SDNs replace standard routing with a more efficient, application-based structure that improves performance and offers native security. According to Cisco executives, SDNs will become more conventional in 2020 and will likely lead to significant growth of managed service providers (MSPs).

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will enable proactive cybersecurity

Advances in data analytics have made it possible for organizations to act on security threats quickly and monitor their security landscape in real-time. As AI technologies mature, these cybersecurity measures will go beyond simply reacting to threats to predicting and helping to prevent them. For many businesses in the financial services and government industries, security is vital and identifying potential threats ahead of time could transform their business. 

Passwords will become obsolete in the authentication revolution

Although the amount of information stored online continues to grow, the passwords commonly used to keep data safe are increasingly ineffective tools. Instead, passwordless technologies like biometric authentication, knowledge-based authentication, 2-factor verification and others are replacing them. Expect more companies to implement a passwordless approach to thwart hacking attempts and increase security.