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James Moore is the Editor of IFSEC Global, the leading online publication for security and fire news in the industry. James writes, commissions, edits and produces content for IFSEC Global, including articles, breaking news stories and exclusive industry reports. He liaises and speaks with leading industry figures, vendors and associations to ensure security and fire professionals remain abreast of all the latest developments in the sector.
December 31, 2019

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Where is the IT security market heading next?

IFSEC Global hears from its partners in Korea, where SECON 2020 is set to be held in March, about the trends set to affect the 2020 IT security market.

The Information Security Market in the year 2020 looks positive in general – and not just in Korea. The whole world is showing great interest for information security, with changing laws and regulations set to deeply affect the industry’s development. As an example, information security in relation to 5G technology was announced as one of the Korean Government’s top 10 targets in 2020.

Korea-ITSecurity-19According to Brian Burke, Research VP at Gartner, ‘People-centric’ is the keyword for the 2020 Technology Trend. Since it was always our role to keep up with technology, humans now becoming the centre of technology strategy is a huge turning point in its advancement, where research on technology’s impact on the society will be a key issue.



The term ‘Multiexperience’ became widely known through numerous interactive platforms, due to platforms such as Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant. Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) are also considered as multiexperiences, where communication with the digital world takes place.



The kernel of the upcoming technology strategy is that it has to be simple and easy to use, where specific knowledge or skills, are not necessarily needed. Burke notes that an era where the majority of people can easily use machine learning and applications for increasing sales efficiency and in-depth market analysis is drawing closer.

To support the status quo, application software is set to become easier to use to increase its effectiveness and individuals’ ability to understand it. The danger here, of course, is that programmes are likely to become more vulnerable to security attacks.


Human augmentation

Smart glasses, contact lenses, RFID implant for easier building access and POS, are all examples of human augmentation. In addition, technology such as CRISPR, which has the ability to operate some parts of the DNA along with cognitive augmentation, belongs to the human augmentation technology.



Burke explains how society often distrusts current technology, so it must become more transparent for users. For example, if a customer is denied a bank loan based on AI, an explanation should still be given.

In the field of security, this means that technologies involving the IoT, facial recognition and other biometric systems will need to be trusted by users for them to effectively operate.


Distributed cloud

This concept involves a centralised cloud service, responsible for the operation, governance, updates and service improvements, while other cloud services are distributed into ‘micro-clouds’. Gartner identifies this as the future of the cloud system.



Autonomous cars, drones, robots and others are all continuing to be developed. This will likely set some unforeseen challenges for the security sector to deal with.


AI security

Security is always about the attacker and defender both possessing armaments. These ‘armaments’ are now often related to AI and the future does not look bright. Gartner states that by the year 2020, 30% of all cyber attacks will be related to AI. Polluting the AI training data, stealing the AI model, and inserting hostile samples, are examples of such attacks.

Security professionals will have the chance to discuss all the above, and much more in the Korean market at SECON 2020. Its 20th anniversary is set to be its largest yet. Find out more about it here.

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January 4, 2020 11:25 am

Thanks for sharing this information.