Tech Trends 2020: Part 1 – AI & Big Data

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As we prepare to say goodbye to 2019, it’s a good time to reflect on the technology landscape and where the industry is headed in 2020. Technology is moving at an incredibly rapid pace so it’s more important than ever to be aware of the trends and issues that will impact the industry in the coming year and beyond.

Cybersecurity will continue to be a hot topic in 2020. Of interest is what the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data will be on cybersecurity. Let’s look at how AI and big data influence and shape the cybersecurity environment.

AI’s Influence on Cybersecurity

AI is the pursuit of building machines with the ability to reason, work, and react like humans. AI applications are diverse and awe-inspiring. The healthcare industry, for example, is using AI to assist in medical diagnoses. Systems like Alexa and Siri are made predominantly with machine learning. Have you used a rideshare service like Lyft or Uber? You can thank AI for that convenience.

Though AI’s impact is widespread and not industry-specific, one of its most important influences will be felt in the world of cybersecurity. AI has already led to the application of biological characteristics, like fingerprints and retinal scans, to the login process. These inherent factors are part of multi-factor authentication and would not be possible without AI. Multi-factor authentication creates additional barriers for a hacker attempting to steal sensitive or private data.

Cybersecurity and Big Data

Big data analytics is helping to revolutionize the fight against cybercrime. The amount of information that can be stored using big data is astounding and its ability to quickly detect and resolve security issues using this information is largely unmatched. Big data allows businesses to build and strengthen their processes through machine learning and AI concepts and, ultimately, improve bottom lines.

Harnessing the power of big data will be a trend to watch for in 2020 and in years to come. The demand for highly skilled data science professionals – those who truly understand the power of big data and how to apply it – continues to grow and outweigh the existing supply. In fact, IBM predicts the number of jobs for data professionals will grow to nearly 3 million in 2020 in the United States.

AI and big data will undoubtedly grow and improve in the years to come. As businesses become more reliant on these technologies, they will be wise to partner with a technology solutions provider who understands how the two work together, along with the benefits, risks, and applications.

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