My Top 3 IT Predictions for 2016

My Top 3 IT Predictions for 2016 include the continued rise of cybercrime. Computer and network security should be a vital and growing concern for business owners again this year.

My Top 3 IT Predictions for 2016 include the continued rise of cybercrime. Computer and network security should be a vital and growing concern for business owners again this year.

1. The continued rise of Cyber crime

The past two years have seen an influx of cybercrime attacks on Australian businesses. Computer and network security should be a vital and growing concern for business owners again this year. One of our clients became a victim of the latest CryptoLocker variation this week and experts are predicting a growth in Malware and Ransomware, which locks users out of their computers until they pay a fee.

I read a quote from Tommy Viljoen from Deloitte’s Risk Advisory Security team this week, who said businesses need to understand cyber security as well as they understand finance.

“If I say to someone in a boardroom `the bank account hasn’t been reconciled for six months and you’re in bad shape’, the immediate response would be `we’ve got to sort it out, we’ve got to do it,” Mr Viljoen said. “If I say `you’ve got malware on that system and it hasn’t been patched for a couple of years’, I’ll have people looking at me and asking `well, is that important?’.

I couldn’t agree more with this quote and I will be working hard this year to ensure all of our clients understand the importance of cybersecurity.

2. The Cloud will burst

Cloud computing offers a raft of opportunities for businesses, but there is potential for things to go wrong in any environment and cloud failures will happen. Given this, I expect to see a high profile service suffer a major failure this year. Recent cloud failures include Adobe’s security breach, Amazon’s cloud outage and Microsoft Azure’s 12 hour outage back in 2013.

My ‘Cloud Must Do’s’ to minimise your risk and damage are:

  • Back up your data (that means keep a recent copy somewhere other than your cloud provider)
  • Encrypt data you save in the cloud (Many providers offer this as part of their service. Have you asked this question of your cloud provider?)
  • Check the Terms and Conditions of your cloud service contracts (What are their times for service restoration and/or data recovery?)
  • Undertake disaster recovery planning (Make sure you have a plan!)

We will be presenting a series of webinars in the first part of this year to explain these steps in detail, so you are prepared in the event of a cloud outage.

3. Connectivity is key

Connectivity will be key in 2016 and businesses that are willing to invest in superfast internet speeds will reap the benefits of increased productivity.

I could talk forever about connectivity, but it’s really a simple equation:

  • Slow speeds = disgruntled staff + unhappy clients
  • Fast speeds = productive staff + happy clients

Improvements in connectivity will also change the way we do business and I predict:

  • A rise in virtual meetings / the need for conference calling capability
  • Increased audio and video sharing (and its impact on BYOD to work)
  • Increased use of tablets and mobile phones for more traditional desktop services, like checking email and processing invoices

How can Digit IT make sure you reaping the benefits of connectivity?

  1. Infrastructure – adequately provisioned hardware and regular maintenance
  2. Connectivity – speed and reliability (bonded links provide high speed and high reliability – mixture of NBN, ADSL, Fibre, Wireless and Ethernet over Copper services)
  3. Support – from your IT provider and software vendor

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