Blog | 09.01.2022

Hits and Misses From Our 2022 Tech Trends Predictions – Part 3 of 6

With the understanding that a digital transformation will only speed up for the remainder of the year, what did NWN Carousel experts correctly predict in 2021 and where did we fall short?

This week, we review which trends in cybersecurity are important to security leaders’ priorities for cloud integrity, the necessity for a 2H roadmap and the security architecture required to deter urgent attacks.

Most C-Suite executives spent 2021 adjusting to the radical changes prompted by the events of 2020. In the first half of this year, as global supply chain disruptions continue and inflation rises, CIOs must continue to find ways to overcome delays in shipping and increased pricing for IT hardware, services, and talent.

Our popular blog series, “Six Technology Predictions for 2022”  focused on trends around Cloud, Data, Cybersecurity, AI, and more.

NWN Carousel’s expert forecasts struck a chord on most! By rethinking strategies from on-prem to cloud, reprioritizing IT spend from OpEx to CapEx, and honing collaborative efficiencies, we earned high marks for accuracy on our first half predictions.

1H Predictions – Hit a Home Run

Read on for Part III 2022 Recap Predictions. Stay tuned for future insights!

Cybersecurity Scrutiny – Score B

Our Prediction

Forward-thinking enterprises, into 2022, will ensure their tech stack includes security risk assessments, supply chain planning, and business continuity management.  Organizations will reassess their overall IT strategy focusing on how to better plan for the return to office and the adoption of more SaaS type solutions.

The past year has proved that security is inherently complex and should be tightly designed and integrated into all aspects of an IT infrastructure.

Customers will move away from reactive environments, which makes the security architecture even more difficult to manage and maintain and migrate to a proactive environment.  Broader adoption and refinement of industry trends will take priority, such as:

  • Secure Access Services Edge (SASE)
  • Extended Detection and Response (XDR); and
  • Zero Trust Security Architecture (ZTSA) 

What Experts Say

According to Tech Target: “Few veterans of the proactive cybersecurity journey have traveled without a roadmap. Many have relied on the ‘Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity’ from NIST.”

Our Score – B

What we got Right: Companies will look at a platform-approach to security which will reduce some of their operational costs through consolidation.  The goal is to reduce the number of security vendors they implement and need to manage. 

In Limbo: There will be stricter government-regulated security oversight, which will hold organizations accountable for breaches and compromises. Insurance companies will likely also have more stringent prerequisites for cybersecurity thresholds. 

Read the PREVIOUS installment of “2022 Technology Predictions” focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence.
Read the NEXT installment of “2022 Technology Predictions” focused on Visual Collaboration, Health & Safety.

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