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IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Future of Trust 2023 Predictions

IDC’s Future of Trust practice releases its top 10 predictions for 2023 and beyond
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The past always informs the future, so it would be hard to discuss the Future of Trust without, at first, acknowledging the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on computing. Pushed into supporting remote and hybrid work models, organizations scrambled to set up the necessary infrastructure to continue operating, while people incorporated more technologies and digital identities into their everyday experiences.

In the Future of Trust, we see the push and pull of digital services. With the growing prevalence of cloud-based services, greater volumes of data are collected and analyzed, driving the need for more automation to provide insights into the data, as well as artificial intelligence innovations that promise to alleviate pain points experienced by organizations and their customers.

Meanwhile, consumers are ever more aware of and sensitive to data breaches as cyberthreats increase in number and sophistication. Privacy by Design principles are being re-evaluated as customers become more curious and cautious about how their personal information is used. And, while rules and regulations regarding where and how data is stored and transmitted are changing, businesses recognize that their customers cannot tolerate disruptions to the digital infrastructures that undergird their work and daily lives.

All of this uncertainty is prompting organizations to turn to “the certainty of data.” In our top 10 Future of Trust predictions, we see the thread of data-driven insight running through privacy, security, compliance, risk, and ESG – the elements comprising the Framework of Trust. This relationship between data-driven insight and Trust is cyclical. Customers confer Trust onto organizations that transparently share data driven insights, but Trust is a prerequisite to overcome consumer reluctance to share the personal data required to generate high quality organizational insight.

  • Prediction 1: By 2026, 30% of large enterprise organizations will migrate to autonomous security operations centers accessed by distributed teams for faster remediation, incident management, and response.
  • Prediction 2: By 2024, 35% of organizations will employ a privacy engineer to operationalize Privacy by Design principles into IT systems, processes, and product development strategy.
  • Prediction 3: By 2024, 30% of heavily regulated organizations will adopt confidential computing technologies to combine and enrich sensitive data critical to multiparty compute applications while preserving privacy.
  • Prediction 4: By the end of 2024, 65% of major enterprises will mandate data sovereignty controls from their cloud service providers to adhere to data protection and privacy regulatory requirements.
  • Prediction 5: By 2026, driven by steep regulatory growth, talent gap, and cost efficiency measures, 40% of organizations will invest in compliance-as-a-service offerings to meet their regulatory mandates.
  • Prediction 6: By 2027, 60% of G2000 companies will adopt continuous risk assessments over annual security audits, leveraging service providers to limit the burden of policies, practices, and technical debt.
  • Prediction 7: By 2025, the SEC will publish standards for cyber-risk scoring, and publicly traded companies will be required to update and report this score on an annual basis.
  • Prediction 8: By 2024, 30% of organizations will advance their ESG metrics and data management beyond reporting capabilities to generate sustainably driven cost and competitive advantages.
  • Prediction 9: By 2024, 75% of large enterprise firms will implement purpose-specific ESG data management and reporting software as a response to emerging legislation and increased stakeholder expectations.
  • Prediction 10: By 2025, 45% of CEOs, fatigued by security spending without predictable ROI, will demand security metrics and results measurement to assess and validate investments made in their security program.

Interested in learning more? Watch our on-demand webinar, IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Future of Trust 2023 Predictions.

Grace is Research Director in IDC’s Security & Trust research practice responsible for the Future of Trust research program. In this role she provides strategic guidance and research support on approaches to trust that include risk, security, compliance, privacy, ethics, and social responsibility. Dr. Trinidad has published peer-reviewed research on privacy and trust in healthcare, exploring public attitudes towards commercial use of personal health information. Other areas of Dr. Trinidad’s research include the ethics of artificial intelligence and data sharing, trust in healthcare providers and in healthcare organizations, genomic database use and accessibility, and data equity.