3. Increased partner selectivity
Organizations will be increasingly selective when partnering with IT providers. 63 percent of respondents to CenturyLink's Australian Hybrid IT Adoption Index rated security as extremely important when it comes to choosing a managed services provider. 65 percent also cited vendor reputation as important when looking at data centre colocation. This is especially important as IDC predicts that by the end of 2016, 60 percent of enterprises will rely on third party management of their security infrastructure.
Ras Scollay said, "Companies considering a hybrid IT approach are looking for providers that can deliver a full spectrum of security products and services, and the ability to deliver comprehensive protection inside the company's offices, in the data center, and in the cloud."
4) Security virtualization
High-profile hacking incidents have demonstrated that the industry as a whole is struggling to write secure code and promptly rectify security issues. The emerging area of security virtualization, which combines data visualization and machine-learning algorithms, can provide predictive analysis to mitigate threats.
Ras Scollay said, "Leveraging hybrid IT and big data technologies, security virtualization techniques monitor traffic and network patterns to identify suspicious activities and threats. This lets organizations respond with countermeasures that may be better than conventional methods."
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