Analysts at Gartner, Inc. recently highlighted the top ten technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2014. As I was reading the list it struck me that there are security issues surrounding all ten of these trends yet Gartner referenced security for only one of them. Similarly, privacy is an issue surrounding most of these trends, yet Gartner only mentions privacy for two items on the list.
Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt. A strategic technology may be an existing technology that has matured and/or become suitable for a wider range of uses. It may also be an emerging technology that offers an opportunity for strategic business advantage for early adopters or with potential for significant market disruption in the next five years. These technologies impact the organization’s long-term plans, programs and initiatives.
Gartner’s top ten strategic technology trends for 2014 include:
- Mobile Device Diversity and Management which needs to balance flexibility with confidentiality and privacy requirements
- Mobile Apps and Applications
- The Internet of Everything
- Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker which may include an internal private cloud or external private cloud services
- Cloud/Client Architecture
- The Era of Personal Cloud which will be managed and secured
- Software Defined Anything
- Web-Scale IT
- Smart Machines
- 3-D Printing
For most of these the need for security and privacy is obvious, but even 3-D printing has security issues as researchers and thieves are using 3-D printers to make things like keys, firearms and ATM skimming devices.
I question how well organizations will be able to successfully implement and utilize these top ten technologies and trends in 2014 if security and privacy issues are insufficiently addressed.