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Why Security Will Move from Job 10 to Job One by 2020

Paul Way
Senior Principle Marketing Director, Cloud Platform


Security is already a pretty serious topic in most company boardrooms today, but with urgent issues like bottom-line pressures, market-share threats, and figuring how in the world to engage with millennials, many companies have ended up putting security on the back burner when it comes to priorities.

Well, that’s about to change.

According to this year’s edition of Oracle's annual cloud predictions, security will become the top priority for most companies by 2020. According to Oracle, while cloud infrastructure has become more secure, cyber security efforts at most companies continue to suffer. As evidence, look no further than the massive security breach announced at Equifax in Sept. 2017, which compromised the data of a staggering 145 million U.S. consumers and that some estimate could ultimately cost the company billions (not including the damage to its reputation).

Cybersecurity experts warn security breaches like Equifax will become more commonplace for two key reasons:

  • Most companies simply don’t have the security resources necessary to keep up with the rapidly increasing sophistication of modern cyber-criminals. In fact, some experts question whether companies will ever have enough resources to monitor a widening threat landscape, assess potential threats, and respond quickly enough to avert disaster. It’s not a question of the number or quality of resources, they say, but a more fundamental question of whether humans are equipped to process and respond to so much data.
  • Regardless of resources, experts also warn that security best practices at most companies have suffered as existing resources get pulled in a number of directions. The Equifax breach, for example, occurred when Equifax failed to implement a patch made available in March 2017. Hackers breached the system through that vulnerability two months later.

As a result, observers say similar breaches to Equifax are no longer a question of if but when. As companies continue to collect and store ever-growing piles of data to understand not just their customers but their own businesses, the task of managing and protecting data becomes, well, virtually unmanageable. Some have said artificial intelligence and machine learning could eventually assist humans with these tasks, dramatically decreasing the burden on IT staff and improving security dramatically.

One company, Oracle, has actually integrated AI and machine learning into a database that almost literally drives itself. Oracle's Autonomous Databases use machine learning algorithms to automatically provision, secure, monitor, back up, recover, tune, patch, and upgrade themselves. By virtually eliminating human involvement, Oracle has virtually eliminated human error—the very root of the Equifax breach.

Beyond the security implications of Oracle’s autonomous technology, the cost and performance benefits of the technology make it unique and compelling for many companies. Recent performance tests show that Oracle’s first autonomous database product, the Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud Service—was 10 times faster running on the Oracle Cloud than Amazon’s Redshift database running on AWS. Oracle was also 1/14th the cost of Amazon. Oracle’s first Autonomous Database product, the Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud Servicewill be available in early 2018.

Oracle’s Autonomous Databases not only dramatically improve performance and security, but they also provide the added benefit of freeing up those already-strained resources to focus more on other pressing strategic issues, particularly driving IT innovation.


Click here to see Oracle’s cloud predictions for 2020.

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