The top three security trends in 2023
Security investments to prioritize for the coming year
With new and ever-changing security needs over the past couple of years, there has been an incredible expansion of what security solutions can be used for and how they integrate as adoption increases. As security technology is increasingly used, interest in new capabilities and increased security measures has grown. As 2023 approaches, these three trends will shape the security landscape.
The future of security is in the cloud. Although the security industry has been slow to adapt to the cloud, we have seen an increase in demand in 2022, and the sector will likely continue to accelerate in 2023, as security remains a top priority on the market. The industry has always followed other technology industry trends, as many products and services are adaptations of other core technologies, such as cameras and sensors. Cloud migration in security is moving slower than expected relative to the broader tech industry, but continues to accelerate as organizations realize the importance of implementing or up-to-date security services.
The benefits of cloud-based security services are numerous. Beyond improvements in data security, regulatory compliance, and easily accessible support, we see long-term performance improvements. Cloud-based security allows users to take a proactive approach to outside threats as many endpoints are continuously monitored. Additionally, cloud-based security is easy to scale as an organization grows and is ideal in a distributed business environment.
While other industries may be more advanced, physical security solutions will quickly catch up as they will need to support global IoT solutions by moving to the cloud.
Added services are the new standard in security. The move away from vertical markets has accelerated the need for security solutions. As a result, adoption as a service has become increasingly widespread.
Smarter devices, products and services are beginning to offer more than traditional security, safety and threat identification offerings. New technologies bring the added value of business intelligence and data science. Many technologies, such as cameras, are evolving to offer data capture in addition to traditional security. These security solutions can help users make smarter business decisions, generate additional revenue and create greater efficiency. Of course, it can also provide better safety and security on top of that.
Meet customers where they are with hybrid solutions. Finally, end users demand different ways to consume products and services, including their security technology. Suppliers must remain nimble in delivering technology the way customers prefer to consume it. The best way to meet customer needs is to adopt a hybrid strategy so that whether the technology is on-premises, in the cloud, or hybrid, there is an effective solution to meet their needs.
Brian James is Vice President of Sales, Network and Security at ScanSource.