Dave McClure, Chief Strategist, Veris Group

Four new pieces of cybersecurity legislation give federal IT leaders some new tools to deal with network and information security. But that law may be responding to threats — or problems — that are being overcome by events. Responding to the security and privacy challenges of the Internet of Things may require a new level of thinking and legislation. Dave McClure is chief strategist of the Veris Group, and former Associate Administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration. In his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose, he says the coming year will be the breakout for the Internet of Things.

Dave McClure’s Top 3 for 2015

  1. Pervasive IT sinks in deeper: The Internet of Things becomes more real. Critical infrastructure is literally being redefined as mobile, sensors, video and cloud networks, which all get tied together for consumers. Web-based IT is an underlying fabric connecting us in ways not possible a few years ago. How fast will this go and can privacy really slow it down? Can policies mired in the past keep up?
  2. “Sense-making” is the new big data and analytics move: Traditional knowledge management gives way to making sense of big data pots full of structured and unstructured data points. New incredibly powerful software and in-memory computing provides more lead time into problem-solving. Simplifying with visualization becomes paramount to candid leadership and management discussions.
  3. Cybersecurity goes on the offense: I’m not talking about cyber warfare. Rather, instead of compliance with regulations and a “cost,” cybersecurity will be used as a market differentiator. We’ll build security into software, infrastructure and mobile — not bolt it on afterwards. This marks a turning of the corner against the “whack-a-mole” reactionary approach to cyber. Transparent views into networks and end points gives us a real look and feel of Star Wars, Star Trek, and The Matrix.

In our special radio report, Top 3 for 2015, federal experts tell In Depth host Francis Rose what top three concepts, trends or priorities they believe will be important in 2015.