In seven years the information security industry will see more cloud delivery and no central IT.
According to recent predictions by Forrester on ‘The CIO's World in 2020', 90 per cent of the 325-strong audience said that central IT would not exist in the future, as IT will be directly embedded in business units such as marketing, product development and customer service.
The audience also said that most technology would be delivered via the public cloud, according to 85 per cent, who agreed that companies will architect and deploy business solutions from a growing pool of external as-a-service resources, with IT playing the role of orchestrator.
Also, 80 per cent overwhelmingly believed that systems of engagement and other technologies would be differentiating.
Commenting, Dwayne Melancon, CTO of Tripwire, said that the security systems that will be used in 2020 should reduce risk and ensure the integrity of the IT systems, and data stored in those systems, regardless of whether they are real, virtual or cloud-based, and that a lot of companies will have to radically change their approach to security for this to happen.
He said: “The Forrester CIO Forum predictions for where we will be on the IT front in 2020 are interesting on the cloud perspective. As a company, we have always said that - as well as detecting changes at the file system object level - effective security systems also need to exercise control over their physical and virtual IT infrastructures,” he said.
“This will have to happen, in light of Forrester's 2020 backdrop of companies switching to heavy reliance on external as-a-service resources, with the on-premise IT systems playing a controlling role.
“The bottom line from this fascinating set of predictions on where IT will be at the end of the decade is that the security we use today will have to adapt markedly if corporate data is to be adequately defended.”