Verizon warns of bigger, more frequent enterprise data breaches in 2016

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Telco giant Verizon has sent out a gloomy warning: regardless of the doubling down on enterprise security, 2016 will see even more, even higher profile data breaches.

The company has released nine predictions for enterprise IT, and alongside the security snafu, Verizon also predicts a shift from the more traditional enterprise security methods to fit more with user need, leading to a more ‘common sense’ approach which will enable chief security officers to focus their attention on ‘doing the basics well’.

The overall theme of the predictions is one of user need and ‘agile thinking’. “Companies have to turn existing business operations on their head,” said Chris Formant, Verizon Enterprise Solutions president. “Business success in the digital age is driven by how well organisations understand end-user requirements, and adapt their operations to meet these needs. It’s all about using technology with integrity to make faster decisions and gain speed and purpose.”

One of the more interesting forecasts from Verizon relates to the gradual moving away from the ‘do it yourself’ mentality with regard to cloud and network deployments. “As the challenges of legacy systems, risk and compliance increasingly overwhelm manpower and budgets, enterprises will focus on their core business, and pay a premium to those they trust to manage their IT services,” the company argues. “The focus will be on enabling the agile adoption of technology to deliver business differentiation.”

As regular readers of this publication will note, while managed cloud services are becoming more popular as cloud proliferates, managed mobility services, while on the rise, are not quite on the same level. Indeed, the trend of rapid mobile app development (RMAD) for companies who need enterprise apps then and now, incorporates more of a DIY element.

Other predictions from Verizon include the continued expansion of ‘connected things’ in the automotive, manufacturing and consumer goods spaces, as well as a focus on an ecosystem of vendors. “DIY may be out but so is the one-size-fits-all approach,” Verizon says.

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