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Cybersecurity looms large among Security Industry Association 2019 trends forecasted

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Cybersecurity looms large among Security Industry Association 2019 trends forecasted

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced its forecasted 2019 Security Megatrends ahead of the Securing New Grounds (SNG) event.

The top trend shaping the security industry was identified by industry leaders as the impact of cybersecurity on physical security, which was voted most impactful by nearly 30 percentage points over the next trend, IoT and the big data effect. Other megatrends identified include cloud computing, workforce development, AI, emphasis on data privacy, move to service models, security integrated in smart environments, advanced digital identities, and the impact of consumer electronics companies.

Several of these trends relate to biometrics, which are often powered by artificial intelligence, and in many cases are provided from the cloud or embedded in consumer devices. The section of the 2019 Security Megatrends report on mobile devices refers to Apple’s Touch ID and Face ID, and refers to IHS analyst Jimmy Dearing’s claim that mobile credentials and new biometric technologies are the top hardware trends for smartphones.

“Today, modern physical security solutions are comprised of IoT devices and sensors that generate high volumes of security data. Applying analytics and artificial intelligence systems makes this data more actionable and increases responsiveness for security systems users,” said SIA Chairman of the Board Scott Schafer. “Cybersecurity continues to be at the top of the list of the most important trends identified by security industry manufacturers, systems integrators, security practitioners, architects and engineers, and SIA will continue to address this trend over the next year and in the foreseeable future.”

The SNG conference takes place October 25 and 26 in New York City.

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