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Physical security, AI, facial recognition among Security Industry Association 2019 trends forecast


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The Security Industry Association (SIA) has determined that physical security, artificial intelligence and facial recognition are among top 2020 Security Megatrends for the global security industry yearly report, which will be released online in December 2019, the organization announced.

The report was made based on feedback from focus groups and survey data collected from top industry leaders, association leadership, volunteers and speakers for the 2019 Securing New Ground (SNG) conference that takes place next week in New York City.

According to the data analyzed, cybersecurity is for the second year in a row the most prevalent trend and a top concern for c-level executives, governments, and enterprises. While in SIA’s 2019 Security Megatrends report artificial intelligence was number five on the list, it has moved up to second place in the 2020 report. A high number of respondents said facial recognition should be added as a megatrend for 2020, putting it third in the overall ranking. New trends on the list include national security concerns and identity.

The complete list of 2020 Security Megatrends in the report are cybersecurity impact on physical security, AI, facial recognition, emphasis on data privacy, cloud computing, national security concerns, connectivity and IoT everything, workforce development, move to service models, and identity as the new perimeter.

“Cybersecurity resoundingly tops the list of Security Megatrends again for 2020. With the increased risk and frequency of cyberattacks, today’s systems integrators and product developers are working to make sure that security solutions meet or exceed an organization’s cyber-preparedness standards,” said Scott Schafer, chairman of the SIA Board of Directors. “SIA also forecasts that the trends of artificial intelligence and facial recognition will dramatically impact the industry in coming years. Both AI and facial recognition are experiencing clear technology advancements, and SIA will continue to track the industry and consumer tech adoption rates and emerging applications for these dynamic Security Megatrends.”

This year’s conference will feature keynote remarks from Dr. Steven T. Hunt, chief expert for work and technology at SAP; George Oliver, chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls; and Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association. Other presenters include Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal, and Brian Tuskan, senior director and chief security officer (CSO) at Microsoft Global Security, and a panel of CSOs and senior security executives. Follow the link to learn more and register.

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