IT Industry – Content Topic Ideas

Topic 1: Cloud Emerges In The Time Of Crisis

With companies around the world effectively adapting to a remote working model, Cloud computing is well set to support a new paradigm post COVID.

Topic 2: Serverless Computing Is The Next Disruption

We explore whether the serverless platform has the potential to disrupt and transform enterprise preferences and the way people perceive cloud adoption entirely. There certainly seems to be a concensus amongst business leader in the space that this  can not only be responsive and focused on back-end computing, but can also be the imminent future of distributed computing.

Topic 3: Rise In Corporate Cloud Services Attacks

Remote attacks targeting cloud services have increased by a staggering 630% between January-April this year, reveals McAfee’s report. Remote working is cited as a route cause  as it has  led to a rise in the use of cloud-based collaboration tools, such as Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Cisco’s Webex, which are targeted by cybercriminals to capture and  exploit account credentials.

Topic 1: Work-From-Home Brings Shadow IT Concerns To The Forefront

Strict COVID-19-induced lockdowns have pushed businesses to adopt work-from-home model, which in turn has made companies more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. IT teams are under immense pressure to not just make their company’s IT defence structure resilient to the cyber risks arising from remote working conditions but also deal with the threats arising from employee behaviours. According to a Check Point report, 47% of IT and security professionals indicated employees’ use of shadow IT solutions as a major challenge in keeping the enterprise network secure. While on the one hand, use of shadow IT can enable employees and departments overcome certain hiccups in completing their daily tasks, increased use of such solutions also increase the risks of regulation violations and data breaches as well as unforeseen costs associated with cybersecurity threats.

Topic 2: Cyber-Attackers Wage War Against Tech, Healthcare And Logistics Sectors

Global tech sector has emerged as the prime target for cyberattacks, with 25% of all the attacks in 2019 aimed at the sector. As more companies adopt new technologies to allow remote working amidst the ongoing COVID-19-induced shelter-in-place restrictions, risks of cyber-attacks have grown significantly.  A McAfee report has found a 630% growth in the threat events on cloud accounts during January-April 2020. Healthcare has also been a prime target, with a Keeper Security study indicating that 53% of worldwide healthcare organisations suffered cyber incidents in 2019. Moreover, government health and well-being agencies, medical and research centers, healthcare companies and even WHO have all been a victim of cyberattacks in recent months, as they battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Logistics industry has also experienced an upsurge in cyber-attacks with a notable example being the attack on the shipping giant A.P. Moller – Maersk who fell victim to the NotPetya malware in June 2017. The logistics sector has since been on the radar of attackers, who are looking to obtain critical data and extort huge ransoms by disrupting supply chains.

Topic 3: Contact Tracing Apps And Privacy Risks

Contact tracing applications amid the COVID-19 pandemic have attracted the attention of governments and companies worldwide as they grapple with ways to tackle the transmission of the disease. The adoption of such apps have, however,sparked debates around privacy and security risks. Despite companies such as Google and Apple addressing privacy concerns around these apps and promising increased transparency, quelling concerns could be a major hindrance to driving the adoption of these apps. Ambiguity around how this collected data might be used post the pandemic further fuels the debate and critics.

Topic 1: Blockchain To Reshape Traditional Accounting

The impact of Blockchain is no longer only considered to be a disruptive technology for the Fintech sector – it has far reaching applications with the accounting industry set to be transformed. Reconciling costs and maintaining ledgers, reduced fraud, errors, auditing; improved regulatory compliance are just some of the efficiencies blockchain is already bringing to the world of accounting.

Topic 2: AI To Revolutionize Accounting And Finance

According to a report commissioned by Accenture, implementing intelligent automation or RPA could reduce costs by 80% and time to perform tasks by 80-90%.Artificial Intelligence (AI) holds the potential to drastically transform the world of accounting and finance. Specially-designed AI-enabled systems for accounting and finance can help organisations save time and money and provide insights that provide them with a competitive advantage.

Topic 3: Accounting, Finance Professionals Relying More On Big Data

A report from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) states that, accounting and finance professionals are increasingly applying big data in their business processes – a trend which IMA believes will continue to grow in the coming years. Management accountants are honing their skills in data science and analytics to keep pace with technological developments and improve their organisation’s data governance and analysis capabilities.

Topic 1: Pressure On Internet Infrastructure Rises Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

The enforced global lockdown  restricting  the freedom of movement to  go about their ‘normal’ day-to-day activities   has resulted in a significant increase in the amount time people are spending on internet-connected devices, thereby placing hude pressures on the network. Adding to this pressure, Internet Service Providers have been required to  prioritise work, health and online learning-related applications over content streaming portals to improve network performance and reduce congestion. While the future and the extent the virus will continue to impact the way we live and work is uncertain, ISPs need to plan for a new paradigm where ‘work-from-home’ is the new norm and there will be an ever continuing demands on the networks to deliver. 

Topic 2: Health Crisis, Natural Disasters May Accelerate Internet of Things Market Growth

Growth of the Internet of Things market is likely to accelerate as many realize the importance of real-time and accurate data in tackling widespread disasters. From remotely monitoring a patient’s vitals to obtaining regional information on air quality, water levels and temperature among other aspects, the sensor-based network of internet-enabled devices can help in making emergency responses more efficient during the time of natural disasters or a health crisis. While countries such as Indonesia and Japan, along the Pacific Ring of Fire, are already advancing their IoT deployments to tackle natural disasters more efficiently, others are waking up to the benefits these systems can provide in supplying military intelligence-like details that can help authorities devise more effective rescue outcomes.

Topic 3: Will The Green Economy Boost The Idea Of Green Internet?

Growing concerns around the increasing number and severity of natural disasters around the world, coupled with a strengthening   environmental activist network,  governments, businesses and communities  are adopting more and more environment-friendly practices and the idea of the ‘green economy’ is now mainstream.   With the digital revolution running in parallel, the concept of the ‘green internet’ has emerged. The idea revolves around powering data centers with renewable energy and using green technologies to reduce carbon emissions from these server farms. With calls growing around green recovery of economies reopening after the adverse impacts of COVID-19, the concept of the green internet is expected to gain more traction.

Topic: Low-code software development segment on its way to glory

Companies operating in a highly dynamic and competitive environment require solutions that can enable them to deal with new challenges and cater to customer requirements with agility, and going digital is seen as a promising avenue by most. However, not all have the software programming capabilities, dedicated programmers or enough budget to go full steam with in-house software/app development. Meanwhile, many companies find it difficult to effectively relay their ideas and requirements to developers, ultimately ending up with a subpar platform. Low-code and no-code development platforms (NCDPs) are a boon for such businesses, allowing them to use simple configurations and graphical user interfaces instead of computer coding for faster turnaround. Gartner predicts that low code application building would account for over 65% of all app development functions by the year 2024.  According to an industry report, the BFSI industry, which produces a huge amount of information, is poised to witness fastest growth in adoption of NCDPs. Use of NCDPs by SMEs is expected to grow significantly, as digital transformation gains momentum and awareness around benefits of process automation grows. Furthermore, the abrupt market and economic changes triggered by COVID-19 and the need to respond quickly with renewed business models, strategies and solutions to keep the businesses afloat, is predicted to accelerate the adoption of low-code tools.