Tech Trends 2020: Part 1 – AI & Big Data

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

Cybersecurity will continue to be a hot topic in2020. Of interest is what the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and bigdata will be on cybersecurity. Let’s look at how AI and big data influenceand shape the cybersecurity environment.

AI’s Influence on Cybersecurity

AI is the pursuit of building machines with the ability toreason, work, and react like humans. AI applications are diverse andawe-inspiring. The healthcare industry, for example, is using AI to assist inmedical diagnoses. Systems like Alexa and Siri are made predominantly withmachine learning. Have you used a rideshare service like Lyft or Uber? You canthank 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 ofcybersecurity. AI has already led to the application of biologicalcharacteristics, like fingerprints and retinal scans, to the login process.These inherent factors are part of multi-factorauthentication and would not be possible without AI. Multi-factorauthentication creates additional barriers for a hacker attempting to stealsensitive or private data.

Cybersecurity and Big Data

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

Harnessing the power of big data will be a trend to watchfor in 2020 and in years to come. The demand for highlyskilled data science professionals – those who truly understand the powerof big data and how to apply it – continues to grow and outweigh the existingsupply. In fact, IBMpredicts the number of jobs for data professionals will grow to nearly 3million 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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