Commvault: Data Management Industry Trends Forecast to 2022

Under the influence of the epidemic, in 2021, many enterprises opened and accelerated the pace of digital transformation, automation, remote and agile development became the new enterprise competition point, multi-cloud technology was widely used in data disaster recovery, enterprise integration and inter-enterprise ecological cooperation went hand in hand, data security and compliance awareness increased, and SaaS model flourished.

In 2022, the impact of the epidemic has not yet dissipated, and it can be expected that the pace of digital transformation of enterprises will still be further accelerated. Under this trend, the widespread adoption of hybrid office model and bring-your-own-device office model will lead to further expansion of data flooding. The rapid spread of ransomware in the digital age has made enterprises realize that current cybersecurity measures are only stopgap measures and seek long-lasting cybersecurity solutions. Cybercriminals have targeted intellectual property data, and the chief information security officer will be key to establishing a bottom-up security strategy.

Trend 1: Data flooding expands further

Today, many enterprises use long-term hybrid work models in which remote work will generate large amounts of data, which will expand the boundaries of data flooding. In addition, the shortage of enterprise devices during the epidemic caused many employees to start using their own devices, allowing data flooding to further expand to personal devices that were not previously on the enterprise network.

Enterprises can only make the most of their data, including that generated by telecommuting, if they have a clear understanding of what they have. Companies also need to develop strategies to bring all data together in one place for analysis, from which they can gain business insights and make effective decisions accordingly.

Trend 2: Data privacy regulations are increasing

Globally, data privacy protections and regulations are becoming increasingly complex. Countries are introducing various policies and regulations to protect personal information, such as the Personal Information Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China, which will come into effect in November 2021.

Because regulations vary from country to country, there is no one-size-fits-all solution that applies to all data regulations. In particular, multinational companies want to be able to view all of their data through a single interface so that they know what data exists in their environment and can effectively comply with various data protection regulations when conducting business across borders.

Trend 3: Enterprises seek long-lasting cybersecurity solutions

The outbreak has triggered a wave of new, more advanced cyber threats. Realizing that haphazard deployment of cybersecurity measures is only a stopgap measure, enterprises are looking for long-lasting cybersecurity solutions with rapid recovery capabilities. This is becoming increasingly important as ransomware spreads as fast as the plague in the digital age, with Gartner noting that nearly 75 percent of IT organizations will face one or more ransomware attacks.

In addition, human error and bring-your-own-device have created more access vulnerabilities for cybercriminals. Personal devices and home work environments lack advanced enterprise-level security detection and prevention measures. Enterprises must find appropriate security, isolation and backup methods for their business-critical, confidential and critical data.

Trend 4: Intellectual property data is a new target for cybercriminals

Cybercriminals have targeted highly sensitive personal information, financial data and intellectual property data in industries such as financial services, e-commerce, and even education and telecommunications. They are very organized, targeting business-critical or value-creating data, and are very familiar with the industries in which this data resides.

Human error remains the leading cause of data breaches. Chief information security officers should promote data security thinking within their organizations, continually raise employee awareness of data security, and increase relevant training.

Trend 5: CISOs are key to building a security mindset

The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is key to establishing a bottom-up security mindset. CISOs will continue to play a key role in many organizations. Globally, CISOs are beginning to report more and more directly to the CEO, rather than the CIO. CIOs and CISOs must work closely together to simplify the management and movement of data by integrating the security infrastructure into the IT infrastructure in its entirety.

To ensure cybersecurity, enterprises need to take an integrated approach that combines people, processes and technology. In addition, enterprises will work to simplify user interfaces and include security features in digital work tools that work seamlessly with employees.

In 2022, a new picture of the digital age is unfolding as the epidemic gradually enters a new normal. Companies will explore more secure and mature data management methods, build a broader and more comprehensive data management system, understand their own data more clearly, and use their own data more effectively. It can be expected that data “fuel” will inject a constant stream of new dynamic energy into the digital economy, and the increasingly prosperous digital economy will further drive the development and upgrade of data management and push thousands of industries to usher in a new stage of data management.

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