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Autotask Week in IT: Automation, Cloud Predictions and Doubling Down on Data Protection

January 12, 2018  
Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments.

Dark Reading: Automation Could Be Widening the Cybersecurity Skills Gap
By Gary Golomb
According to Cybersecurity Ventures, the cybersecurity skills shortage is now expected to hit 3.5 million positions by 2021 — a huge jump from current estimates of 1 million job openings. To help compensate for the growing shortage of talent, the cybersecurity industry is embracing artificial intelligence and automation to fill the gap. But can automation actually make the skills gap even greater? Unfortunately, yes — but security can still find a balance.

CRN: Cloud 2018: 10 Cloud Predictions for 2018
By Gina Narcisi
The cloud today is solving a wide swath of problems for even the most unlikely customers, including large healthcare organizations. But businesses still need the help of their trusted advisers to help them wade through the sea of providers and offerings. From container technology, to multi-cloud adoption, to consolidation in the market, CRN rounded up 10 likely cloud market predictions that could be in store for 2018.

CIO Magazine: How Blockchain is Becoming Instrumental to Social Change
By  Ralph Tkatchuk
Blockchain is proving to be quite the disruptive technology. At its core, blockchain offers a reliable way to immutably store information. This core functionality has countless applications across industries. Given the number of blockchain projects that have been announced over the past months, it’s tough to spot an area that blockchain hasn’t influenced yet.

Information Management: Predictions 2018: The Year Business Doubles Down on Data Protection
By Stan Christiaens
In 2017, the big data market came of age. The market grew at an accelerated pace thanks to an increasing number of organizations that understand data is their most important business asset. These savvy companies established teams and employed tools to optimize data’s operational and competitive value. And there’s no end in sight to the focus on data: IDC forecast the U.S. market for big data and business analytics solutions will reach more than $95 billion by 2020.

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