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Query.AI 2022 Predictions: The Year of 'The Great Migration'

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Top Three Cybersecurity Predictions for 2022 – The Year of 'The Great Migration'

By Andrew Maloney, co-founder and COO, Query.AI

As 2021 comes to a close, I think we can all agree that it's been one for the books when it comes to the cybersecurity industry. Since the start of the pandemic, data suggests that cybersecurity attacks have increased four-fold. However, it's not all bad news. The pandemic also has spurred positive change when it comes to companies reevaluating their businesses to adapt to the global shifts taking place, and I believe this will continue into next year.

2022 will be what I'm calling "The Year of the Great Migration." In this article, I will discuss the top three predictions related to migration, including how companies will: seek top cybersecurity talent and new office locations across the U.S., better leverage cloud technology, and increase API integrations. Let's dive in deeper on each of these three predictions.

Prediction 1 - "The Great Migration" part one: to overcome the cybersecurity skills gap, organizations will look for talent in more cost-effective locations across the U.S.

The cybersecurity skills gap still exists and, according to research from Information Systems Security Association and Enterprise Strategy Group, 95% of companies believe the gap has not improved in recent years. Not only are there not enough skilled cybersecurity professionals to fill the number of vacant positions, but organizations are tired of battling the competitive talent pool in traditional tech hotspots, such as Silicon Valley and Austin. This frustration, in combination with the newfound remote workforce, will spawn a talent migration in 2022. We'll start to see more organizations build out their teams and close the cybersecurity skills gap by tapping talent in more cost-effective locations across the U.S.

Prediction 2 - "The Great Migration" part two: more organizations will move on-premises data to the cloud.

There's no question that the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated digital transformation over the past 18 months, but, even with cloud cost efficiencies and other business benefits, most IT assets still reside on-premises. In fact, AWS Chief Executive Andy Jassy was recently quoted saying 96% of the more than $3 trillion IT industry still resides in on-premises data centers rather than in the cloud. While many organizations made their entrance into or expanded their presence in the cloud world over the past few years, in 2022, we'll see organizations continue to shed their on-premises footprint, further expand their cloud presence, and migrate more on-premises data to the cloud. This will certainly help organizations modernize their businesses to better meet the requirements of the new world we live in. But, as organizations expand their digital footprints, managing security across multiple vendor-supplied tools can become overwhelming and data can get lost among a variety of security environments, tools, and platforms, leaving gaping holes in security defenses. Establishing and maintaining data visibility across silos will be paramount to reaping the benefits of the cloud without any of the associated security risks.

Prediction 3 - "The Great Migration" part three: customer demand for API integrations will increase.

No one vendor can provide all the security tools organizations need to defend against today's increasingly sophisticated threat landscape. And, as a result, no organization should be forced to rely on one security vendor for all their security needs. Because of this, market demand for security providers that offer API integrations and technologies will increase, and more companies will begin to evolve their security infrastructure to take advantage of myriad best-of-breed security solutions via APIs. Bad actors don't operate alone; they have a team behind them. To defeat them, we in the security industry need to work collectively too, integrating our technologies to give customers the optimal cybersecurity defense and resilience strategy.

Looking Ahead

Heading into 2022, it's important for companies to think about what trends and predictions may take place to help shape and build effective cybersecurity strategies. I believe companies will have an opportunity to capitalize on the three migration areas I highlighted above in a way that can make a very positive impact. And, in a world where we are constantly bombarded with negative news headlines as it relates to cybersecurity - whether it's the latest, high-profile ransomware attack or major data breach - it's a constant reminder that companies should focus and capitalize on existing technology, as well as new tools and approaches that will help keep them protected.   

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andrew Maloney 

Andrew is the Chief Operations Officer at Query.AI - the provider of the market's only security investigations control plane for modern enterprises - where he is responsible for establishing and delivering on Query.AI's go-to-market and business operations strategy. Maloney brings 20 years of diverse leadership experience in sales, product, and customer success to Query.AI. He most recently served as a founding executive member and SVP of Field Operations at JASK, a modern, cloud-native SIEM company recently acquired by SumoLogic. At JASK, he was responsible for developing the go-to-market and establishing early customer traction leading sales from 0 to the first $1M in revenue. Maloney's experience also includes other high level field facing positions in companies like Niara (acquired by HPE), Hewlett Packard (ESP), and ArcSight (acquired by HP).

Published Wednesday, December 15, 2021 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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