2017 Security and Network Trends – Part 1
August 9, 2017
IT Support Aids Company Productivity & Profitability
August 18, 2017

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As discussed in Part 1, there are six security and network trends that are expected to materialize this year. Part 2 will cover the next three. Consult with an expert IT support services company today to boost the productivity and profitability of your company, while protecting data and improving security.

Rapid IPv6 Growth

The latest version of Internet Protocol (IP), IPv6 deployment has been steady in the last few years and is now accelerating as most broadband and internet service providers, along with mobile operators, are now deploying it. In contrast, businesses are not matching this increasing pace by implementing IPv6 on their internal networks. As IPv4 approaches its peak, it is anticipated that IPv6 deployment by enterprises will greatly increase.

SDN & SD-WAN Traction

Leaders of the software-defined networking (SDN) industry believe that businesses will gradually begin deploying SDN and start using automation, network programmability, RESTful APIs, and advanced features like campus-slicing, micro-segmentation, and multi-tenancy. Last year, many companies began familiarizing themselves regarding the technology of SD-WAN (software-defined WAN). Branch router upgrades and MPLS WAN contract renewals will perhaps stimulate the transition to SD-WAN. Thus, hybrid-WAN usage will see growth within the next few years.

Security Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

As the pace of technological change quickens, business are increasing turning to MSSPs (Managed Security Service Providers) for help because management and security monitoring tasks are now overwhelming human capabilities. Cyber security vendors are introducing AI (artificial intelligence), algorithms, machine and deep learning, and data visualization to assist businesses in attack recognition and response. However, it remains to be seen if these advances will prove effective in the near term.


Although the computing world is at the beginning stages of rapidly growing artificial automation, cloud, and IoT technologies, they are rapidly gaining traction.  Deriving improvements from these features, IT services and products will eventually deliver advantages and benefits to enterprises worldwide.

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