It’s December, and taking stock of 2022 is wise, but taking a look at the new year is even more so. In view of 12 particularly intense months for the tech world, Cisco he made his predictions regarding the technological trends of 2023to understand how companies can make the most of what the coming year has to offer.
Between predictive networks enhanced by artificial intelligence (AI) and multiclouds, the new year will certainly be dedicated to sustainability, especially at work.
The 10 technology trends of 2023 according to Cisco
1 – Beyond malware: prevention is better than cure
Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and the toolkits available to them have evolved. These include automated modular malware, which they require fewer and fewer skills to carry out an attack. Hackers are increasingly focusing on advanced tools and tricks to target employees instead of systems. This makes it easier for them to bypass even the strongest defenses like two-factor authentication.
For this reason, in 2023, simply detecting malicious code will no longer be enough. The next evolution in security will have to include anomaly detection and behavior patterns, elements that may indicate, and therefore predict, a violation. Advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning will make this possible. The smartest companies will be able to anticipate this trend.
2 – Application and API Security (CNAPP)
Cloud-native applications are becoming the engine of business, and for this reason the protection of the underlying application environment is essential. Among the technological trends of 2023 we can certainly predict that developers will have tools to accelerate development cycles and to manage and secure distributed application architectures. This with the aim of offering impactful and safe digital experiences. There will also be a steady shift towards tools that will enable developers, SREs, and security experts to work together to achieve their goals.
3 – Quantum Cryptography
The distribution of security keys is particularly important and risky, as these can be intercepted and decrypted. While post-quantum cryptography (PQC) is a potential emergency solution, PQC schemes could be hacked. There quantum key distribution (QKD) it is therefore bound to have a significant impact. This, in fact, avoids distribution on unsafe channels. In 2023, this practice will be used in data centers, IoT, autonomous systems and 6G.s
4 – Full-stack observability related to business outcomes
One of the technological trends of 2023 will certainly be the evolution of network monitoring activities. According to Cisco it will go towards innovative technologies for observability of the entire network stack, to ensure that the enormous amount of data collected is correlated with the context and with the business. If consistently applied, this will dramatically accelerate response and optimize business operations in real time.
5 – Framework for developing native edge applications
Edge devices are getting smarter and are able to process, manage and deliver information close to the user. For this reason, the need for edge-native application ecosystems is growing. In 2023 we will see one growing adoption of application development frameworks for the Edge that will include new data management APIs. The Edge will be managed by horizontal software platforms, groups of small general purpose computers that can be adapted to deployment needs.
6 – IoT/Supply Chain Resilience
Businesses and logistics service providers will increasingly use the IoT to give full visibility to their supply chains. Not only will IoT play an increasingly important role in increasing supply chain efficiency and resilience, but it will also improve cybersecurity and IT/OT network management. As a result companies and logistics providers will reconfigure supply chains based on predictive models. These also include smart contracts and distributed ledgers. This is an important transition towards more sustainable business practices and circular supply chains.
7 – Predictive networks
Cisco believes that predictive networks are among the technological trends of 2023, which will play a fundamental role in the business environment. The network will be increasingly focused on the user experience with an ever greater ability to predict and solve potential problems. Businesses will have access to predictive technologies through easy-to-use, integrated SaaS offerings. This represents an important step towards a future where connectivity will be supported by self-healing networks. The latter are those networks that predict where and when problems will occur and are able to reconfigure themselves to avoid them. The predictive networks will be powered by analytics from a myriad of telemetry sources.
8 – Multicloud realignment
Over the next year, we will see a significant shift in how businesses use multicloud architectures. In fact, although the advantages brought about by a multicloud strategy are evident – a strategy currently adopted by 89 percent of companies – at the same time the increase in complexity in terms of connection and protection that the multicloud itself entails must also be considered. We will then see a major shift towards new multicloud frameworks such as Sovereign Clouds, Local Zone Clouds, Zero-Carbon Clouds and other new cloud offerings. This will bring more private and edge cloud applications and services, ushering in a new multicloud operating model.
9 – Hybrid work and sustainability
In 2023, the promotion of a culture based on accessibility and the integration of universal design principles with assistive technologies, will be the driving force behind the development of collaboration solutions and capabilities. This will be the new phase of hybrid work, where prioritizing equitable and inclusive experiences will result in a more satisfied and productive workforce. In addition, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will be used in new and innovative ways.
Net Zero will promote common standards to achieve sustainability goals through advances in Power Over Ethernet (PoE) hardware and design to transform data centers. The network and APIs will increasingly evolve in data center management in order to monitor, track and modify energy consumption. IT and device vendors will be more transparent in the reuse of hardware (circularity).
10 – Responsible use of Artificial Intelligence
In 2023 we will see several cases of illegal use of artificial intelligence by individuals and criminal organizations to achieve unethical and socially destructive goals. Industry, governments, academia and NGOs will come together to define a model to regulate the ethical and responsible use of artificial intelligence, in order to contain the potential harms. This framework will be based on principles such as transparency, fairness, accountability, privacy, security, trustworthiness and ultimately applied to modeling and selection of training data as core principles of systems of AI.