Adam Bannister

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
November 5, 2015

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The Top 5 Trends in Global Security According to Frost & Sullivan

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Photo: West Midlands Police on Flickr under CC 2.0 licence

Cash-strapped police forces will increasingly harness data analytics and ‘internet of things’ technologies to protect citizens more cost-effectively, according to Frost & Sullivan.

Releasing its latest forecast of the five mega trends about to transform the global security market, the market research firm also predicted a boom in security spending on critical national infrastructure.

Governments certainly feel that utilities are a key terrorist target. And although Frost & Sullivan’s analysis was written before a Russian plane was downed over the Sinai peninsula by a suspected explosive device this week – although the cause remains unconfirmed – the latest air disaster can only lend greater urgency still to security spending at airports.

War and heightened tensions in the Middle East, the global terror threat and the flood of cyber scandal all form part of an increasingly complex, unpredictable risk environment.

As many traditional crimes like theft, burglary and armed robbery continue to decline in the western world it’s no surprise that Frost & Sullivan should highlight the digital arena as an increasingly important battleground between security forces and criminals.

You can find out more about the thinking behind Frost & Sullivan’s analyses in this video interview with a Senior Consultant at the company.

The top 5 trends in global security as predicted by Frost & Sullivan:

  1. The rapid development of technologies that afford security personnel greater flexibility and the capacity for a more predictive, proactive approach. Unmanned aerial systems, the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable devices are three major technological trends to watch out for.
  2. IoT devices and platforms will be increasingly deployed in a raft of public safety programmes that seek to harness technology to make the urban environment safer and more secure. A rapid proliferation in IP-enabled devices among police forces is expected. The use of 4G LTE-connected devices by law enforcement – in police vehicles and connected to surveillance systems – is forecast to grow by more than 13% until 2024.
  3. Debate over the tension and appropriate balance between security and privacy, especially online, will continue to rage. However, the backlash against the National Security Agency (NSA) will subside as concern about privacy laws and technologically sophisticated terrorism networks.
  4. Law enforcement will use web intelligence and ‘big data’ analytics to maintain service levels as budgets are cut. Tight police budgets will put pressure on security providers to offer better value as law enforcement seeks affordable security solutions that show a clear return on investment both for protection and operation. Calls for greater collaboration between government and industry will growth with a big focus on the boardroom and improved cyber security hygiene.
  5. Boom in critical infrastructure security will only accelerate as legacy systems are replaced with newer, analytics-driven technology. Airports and mass transport infrastructure in Asia Pacific in particular will witness huge growth, while border security will grow 8% a year until 2024 as regional instability and climate continues to create refugees and cross-border terror threats. Strong investment in cyber solutions in banking and finance will also be seen in the coming years.

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