Updating passwords is a huge trend in 2016
2016 crossing the half way point, let's take a look at some technology trends
Breaches: Well, many
databases are half empty due to the continued rash of intrusions while the
crooks are half full with our personal information. According to the Identity
Theft Resource Center (ITRC), there have been 522 breaches thus far in 2016
exposing almost 13,000,000 records. Many are health care providers as our
medical information is becoming the gold mine of stolen info. Not really
surprising since the health care wearable market is set
to explode in the coming years. Many of those wearables will be
transmitting our health data back to providers. There were also a bunch of very
recognizable names getting blasted in the media: IRS, Snapchat,
Wendy’s and LinkedIn. And the best advice we got? Don’t use the same
password across multiple sites. Updating passwords is a huge trend in 2016.
to IDC, public cloud IaaS revenues are on pace to more than triple by 2020.
From $12.6 billion in 2015 to $43.6 billion in 2020. The public cloud IaaS
market grew 51% in 2015 but will slightly slow after 2017 as enterprises get
past the wonder and move more towards cloud optimization rather than simply
testing the waters. IDC
also noted that four out of five IT organizations will be committed to
hybrid architectures by 2018. While hybrid is
the new normal remember, The
Cloud is Still just a Datacenter Somewhere. Cloud seems to be more than
half full and this comes at a time when ISO
compliance in the cloud is becoming even more important.
said it before and I’ll say it again, DNS is one of the most important
components of a functioning internet. With that, it presents unique challenges
to organizations. Recently, Infoblox released its Q1
2016 Security Assessment Report and off the bat said, ‘In the first
quarter of 2016, 519 files capturing DNS traffic were uploaded by 235 customers
and prospects for security assessments by Infoblox. The results: 83% of all
files uploaded showed evidence of suspicious activity (429 files).’ They
list the specific threats from botnets to protocol anomalies to Zeus and DDoS.
A 2014 vulnerability, Heartbleed,
still appears around 11% of the time. DevOps is even in
the DNS game. In half full news, VeriSign
filed two patent applications describing the use of various DNS components
to manage IoT devices. One is for systems and methods for establishing
ownership and delegation of IoT devices using DNS services and the other is for
systems and methods for registering, managing, and communicating with IoT
devices using DNS processes. Find that half full smart mug...by name!
IoT: What can I say? The
cup runneth over. Wearables are expected to close
in on 215 million units shipped by 2020 with 102 million this year alone. I
think that number is conservative with smart eyewear, watches and clothing
grabbing consumer’s attention. Then there’s the whole realm of industrial
solutions like smart tractors, HVAC systems and other sensors tied to smart
offices, factories and cities. In fact, utilities are among the largest IoT
spenders and will be the third-largest industry by expenditure in IoT products
and services. Over $69 billion has already been spent worldwide, according to
Energy Insights/Ericsson report. And we haven’t even touched on all the
smart appliances, robots and media devices finding spots our homes. Get ready
Data regulations as more of our personal (and bodily) data gets pushed to
the cloud. And we’re talking a
lot of data.
Mobile: We are mobile, our
devices are mobile and the applications we access are mobile. Mobility, in all
its iterations, is a huge enabler and concern for enterprises and it'll only
get worse as we start wearing our connected clothing to the office. The
Digital Dress Code has emerged. With 5G
on the way, mobile is certainly half full and there is no empting it now.
course, F5 has solutions to address many of
these challenges whether you’re boiling over or bone dry. Our security solutions, including Silverline, can protect against
malicious attacks; no matter the cloud - private, public or hybrid - our Cloud solutions can get you there
and back; BIG-IP
DNS, particularly DNS
Express, can handle the incredible name request boom as more ‘things’ get connected;
and speaking of things, your data
center will need to be agile enough to handle all the
nouns requesting access; and check out how TCP
Fast Open can optimize your mobile communications.
I got so far and I'm sure 2016's second half will bring more amazement,
questions and wonders. We'll do our year-end reviews and predictions for 2017
as we all lament, where did the Year of
the Monkey go?
old notion that if you see a glass half full, you're an optimist and if you see
it half empty you are a pessimist. I think you need to understand what state
the glass itself was before the question. Was it empty and filled half way or
was it full and poured out? There's your answer!