Top 4 enterprise tech trends to watch in 2019

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If 2018 was the year of the data breach, the thinking among IT pros is that this will be the year companies take concrete steps to prevent future breaches.

That was the sentiment among tech professionals who took part in a recent @IDGTechTalk Twitter chat about enterprise tech trends for 2019.

In fact, a recent @IDGTechTalk poll found privacy and security to be the top enterprise tech issue for 2019 (45 percent), followed by artificial intelligence (30 percent), cloud computing (16 percent), and blockchain (9 percent).

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“I think cybersecurity is where it’s going to be at in 2019,” said tech writer Siobhan Climer during the Twitter chat. “2018 was the year of, ‘Oh, God, data breach is everywhere!’ 2019 will hopefully be the year of, ‘Well, this is what we’re going to do about it!’

Brent Kirkpatrick, founder of Intrepid Net Computing and a computer security researcher, agreed, saying that in 2018 business people finally started to realize anyone can be hacked. “For 2019, let us work to fix it!” he said.

It’s at the board level that cybersecurity needs to be pushed to the top of the priority list, said  Mike D. Kail, CTO of The Everest Project. “Action, not aspiration would be fantastic,” he said. “Thoughts and prayers aren’t a good security strategy.”

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