Businesses of all sizes now have the ability to cost effectively produce actionable insights based on historical data. The most frequently used platform for this analysis is from Microsoft, called PowerBI (Business Intelligence). Microsoft continues to invest, expand, and develop this platform to allow for integration into a substantial amount of 3rd party applications. Power BI’s inclusion within the Microsoft Azure Cloud platform allows organizations to rent time to process their analytics and generate reports which saves time and money by avoiding the traditional large capital outlay for expensive hardware and software.
Cost reduction and increased efficiency are key drivers for all organizations. Automation of entry level tasks through the use of AI driven purpose-built bots are now reality which allow for quicker response, increased accuracy, and reduced head count. With the amount of publicity OpenAI’s ChatGPT platform is receiving, businesses of all sizes will accelerate the investigation and potential adoption of automation to gain a competitive advantage.
IT Security Consolidation
The Cyber Security risk landscape is continuously evolving and expanding on multiple fronts including the types of attacks, the number of bad actors, and the sophistication of their threats. New solutions to combat this ever growing problem are now focusing on integrations and sharing of data between each other to build a more complete shield of protection. Based on the need for several layers of protection, cybersecurity providers are trending towards XDR platforms. Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solutions compile threat data from previously siloed security tools for quicker and more efficient investigation and response.
IT Security Evolution
Simply removing administrative rights from users is no longer effective as it once was in preventing viruses and malware. Built-in and basic processes within mainstream common applications themselves are now being compromised and exploited with traditional security tools being unable to distinguish malicious or benign intent. Zero Trust is a security concept requiring all computer processes to be scrutinized even when applications are routinely trusted. Advances within Zero Trust solutions are now providing users a more streamlined path to request the privileges they may require from trained IT staff, while still continuously validating intent of hidden malicious intent.