The UAE is expected to place a "greater emphasis" on strengthening security for national information assets, and expanding agencies that monitor and protect the national frontline against cyber attacks. Security policies for government agencies such as the Dubai government's Information Security Regulation (ISR), approved in mid-2013 will be rolled out aggressively in 2014. Given this, IDC expects to see increased investments in network monitoring solutions, security operations centres and related services and advanced security solutions by the government departments and also among other key sectors such as financial services and energy. There will be increased spending on security solutions that can predict and pre-empt breaches and thereby prevent large scale attacks.
"Users are now more vulnerable than ever due to the increase in dependence on electronic devices. This is mainly due to a lack of awareness which inhibits users' ability to take appropriate security measures," said Pradeesh V.S., general manager at ESET Middle East.
ESET reports that two-factor authentication has already see adoption by organisations such as Facebook, Apple, Twitter, LinkedIn, Evernote, Google, and Microsoft in 2013 and expects this list to increase further in 2014.
ESET predicts that as the variety of non-traditional devices such as smart cars, game consoles and smart TVs being connected to the internet grows in the coming year, they will introduce the possibility of new types of threat vectors. The fact that many of these devices use the Android operating system, only increases the likelihood of attacks as it makes it easier to develop malicious codes and other threats that target them. The report further goes on to elaborate extensively upon the threats likely to been seen on smart automobiles, smart TVs, smart homes, IP cameras, smart lighting systems, digital locks as well as wearable computing devices.
Greater adoption of business analytics is expected to be another interesting trend this year. "Rapid growth in machine generated data (as a result of increasing deployment of devices or machines such as smart meters in the utility sector, traffic meters, road meters like Salik meters etc.) and the opportunity to leverage the data for better services will lead to more use cases for big data analytics especially in the public sector," he said.
Taj El Khayat, General Manager for MENA at Riverbed Technology, said the rise of big data applications puts unprecedented pressure on storage strategies and technologies. In 2014 expect two things - in house, companies need to find a combination of robust storage hardware and software that allow for quick access to relevant information; and as data storage needs increase, more companies will turn to cheaper and more available public storage cloud services to offset spiraling costs.