Cybercrime image from BBC

BBC Predicts 2016 Tech Trends: Cybersecurity Concerns

The BBC’s , pronounces cyersecurity to be the main issue that will be “vexing global business” for the year 2016, based on opinions of a select informed group of experts (lawyers, accountants, digital agencies, research analysts, telecoms and tech firms). Cybersecurity “will become more critically important as the internet of things takes off and our world becomes ever more mobile and connected”. “The information “any time, anywhere” paradigm will continue to change the way we work”, the article foresees, along with several other tech trends:

  1. Cybercrime and a renewed emphasis on cybersecurity
  2. The internet of things and the development of the hyper-connected world
  3. Real-time data analytics, not intuition, driving business decisions
  4. New data protection laws forcing firms to rethink compliance strategies
  5. Artificial intelligence and robotics replacing repetitive tasks
  6. Smartphones becoming the primary tool for almost everything
  7. More business applications for virtual and augmented reality tech
  8. Increased personalised and in-store location-based marketing
  9. Drones to be allowed to make deliveries and perform other public tasks
  10. Established businesses to face increased competition from start-ups

You may or may not agree. Do you?

Intuitively, many of these points ring true to me. You may want to keep an eye on some of these developments, especially if you are in business of text analytics, information curation, data aggregation, or information access provision.


[Image credits: the BBC’s ThinkStock Image appears with the story on January 5, 2016]

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