The holiday season can be an opportune time to relax and reflect on 2018.

Are you thinking about cybersecurity for 2019? You should be. Staying up-to-date on trends in cybersecurity and technology can help ensure your business and its valuable data are protected now and in the future. To help, Indiana-based Matrix Integration offers these top 10 tips technology tips for 2019. Cybersecurity concerns are, unsurprisingly, at the top.

In a recent survey by the Better Business Bureau, 65 percent of small businesses said they would be unprofitable within three months if they lost access to essential data.

“All businesses need to take stock of how they’re securing their infrastructure,” said Chris Martin, security expert and solutions architect at Matrix Integration. “As new technologies arise, criminals will always find a way to exploit them. Fortunately, there are more ways than ever before to secure a network from inside out. Better still, these sophisticated technologies are now scalable and at a price point that most businesses can afford.”

As 2019 approaches, Matrix experts expect the following solutions to become more deeply embedded within business cybersecurity frameworks:

  1. IoT security will become more prevalent, as businesses from manufacturing to health care increasingly employ devices and equipment that “talk” to each other via the internet.
  2. More companies will employ network access control (NAC) solutions. NAC solutions help IT administrators gain immediate access and visibility to quickly see who is on the system and what they’re doing.
  3. Artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t just for big businesses anymore. In 2019, more organizations will have access to AI tools that continuously monitor activity within networks and rapidly detect anomalies.
  4. Advances in security information and event management (SIEM) products and services will help businesses both detect and mitigate security issues on the network in real-time.
  5. Businesses often use MFA (multifactor authentication) in high-security industries like finance, but now it’s even easier for companies to employ the same technology to verify employees and guests who are using the network while keeping out unauthorized visitors.
  6. Single sign-on solutions are also gaining traction. These tools often work alongside MFA solutions to allow users to gain access to applications they’re authorized to use with just one login and password. This helps system administrators control access to the network while reducing the amount of information users need to remember.
  7. More organizations will turn to identity as a service (IDaaS), which provides cloud-based subscriptions to help authenticate users and manage their activity. IDaaS, as with all cloud-based services, adapt quickly to new situations, can be scaled up or down depending on needs, and do not require hardware or infrastructure to implement.
  8. Role-based security, which allows specific users to access only authorized parts of the network based on their job, will become easier to enforce as enhanced data loss prevention (DLP) and data classification tools help system administrators organize and protect which applications and information certain users can access.
  9. Collaborative security efforts will continue to grow as employees learn about how their individual actions can protect the entire organization. Organizations will work together from the top-down and bottom-up to make cybersecurity a priority.
  10. End-to-end security mitigation/analysis/interoperation. With all the new solutions available, from NACs to AI, businesses have even greater opportunities to monitor security breaches from the outside in. Coordinating all these technologies to work seamlessly together is both a challenge and an opportunity.

The Indiana Chamber’s 2019 Cyber Technology Conference & Policy Summit on January 8-9 will offer the chance for Hoosier business leaders to hear from experts on a variety of topics, including cybersecurity and data privacy fields, as well as a portion that will look to the legislative policy side. There’s still time to register: