Focus on Security: Top five security trends for 2019

New Zealand Security Magazine, February-March 2019

Security trends 2019

The theme of Australia’s Security Exhibition & Conference 2019 is ‘Focus on security’. The need and demand for security, state the event’s organisers, is evident and the idea behind the theme is to bring it to the fore.

2018 was a huge year for technology, particularly within artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. In 2019, we can certainly expect to see more implementations of smart video analytics and biometric solutions, along with virtual assistants, autonomous vehicles, robots and ever greater automation across the board. 

The challenge for security professionals will be how to best harness the power of these tools, whilst mitigating the inevitable threat a rapid increase in connected and autonomous technologies will pose.


Adoption of biometric systems across access control, workforce management, banking and payments, immigration, law enforcement, and government services look set to keep rising. Within both the physical and logical security sectors, demand has been growing for biometric sensors, largely due to concerns over security and the continued rise of automation. 

With a current growth rate of 10.4 percent CAGR, the biometric market is predicted to reach US $29.37 billionby 2022, with the APAC region tipped for the greatest growth.

However, as biometric security is not foolproof, and there have already been successful instances of spoofingfingerprint and facial recognition. Multi-factor authentication will be essential to guarantee security, but the likelihood of the public being enticed by the convenience of single-factor biometric authentication could leave the door wide open to cybercriminals.

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

As Deep Learning continues to push the boundaries of AI, we will see the increased merging of intelligent video surveillance with robots and autonomous vehicles. Employed to patrol our streets, shopping precincts, hospitals, sports grounds, government buildings, and industrial perimeters to name a few. 

They will be able to process information on the spot, such as object and facial recognition, and behavioural analysis, to detect and deter potential risks. Gartner forecasts Global AI will reach US $1.9 Trillionin 2019.

China, with the largest video surveillance network in the world of 170 millioncameras, already uses facial recognition to great effect and is planning to achieve 90 percent accuracy of facial recognition within seconds. Knightscope in the US have built a robot that is currently patrolling shopping malls,and in Dubai, flying cars and robocopsare on the cards. 

Internet of Things

Having continued to evolve throughout 2018, the Internet of Things (IoT) will keep transforming our personal and professional lives. From small gadgets to make our lives easier, through to large-scale industrial, smart city and critical infrastructure solutions. 

A shift towards managed IoT services is already happening and will continue, as the number and variety of devices becomes too large for organisations to handle internally.

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As we reap the benefits of ever-evolving smart technologies, vigilance will be essential to ensure these devices do not become the targets of malicious attacks. Robust cybersecurity, as ever, will be vital.

Cloud vs Edge computing

Almost 9 out of 10 organisations are expected to be using cloud services by 2021, with the cloud marketplace slated to reach US $260.2 billionby 2020 according to Gartner. However, the intelligent edge may start eating away at the cloud, with an increasing number of IoT devices demanding real-time, failsafe and secure operating environments. 

Byprocessing data at the ‘edge’ of the network, close to where it is collected, such as by a video camera or access control device, bandwidth and storage requirements drop considerably. Given that many smart security devices are already edge devices, edge computing is already firmly embedded in the security sector and will continue to grow. 

However, its popularity in general is a two-edged sword. Whilst offering the potential to increase security when data is encrypted and packaged correctly, the use of IoT devices and the current BYOD culture in workplaces, will put networks at risk if adequate cybersecurity controls are not in place.

Cybersecurity and Physical security

Cybersecurity and data privacy dominated the news in 2018, with data breaches compromising the personal information of millionsof people around the world. Some of the biggest victims included Marriott Hotels, Cathay Pacific, Quora, Facebook, Google, and Orbitz. 

2019 is barely underway and already in Australia the Early Warning Network, the Victorian GovernmentandFirst Nationalhave all been attacked. With more and more smart network devices connecting people, cities, buildings, industry and critical infrastructure, we will have to be on our guard. 

On the cards to watch outfor this year will be vaporworms (fileless malware), malicious chatbots, WPA3 Wi-Fi Network vulnerabilities, biometric hacks and attacks to critical infrastructure.

About the Security Exhibition & Conference

As the adoption of connected and autonomous technologies continue to increase and the associated risks continue to heighten, security professionals need to have a proactive approach in harnessing the power of these resources.

As Australia’s leading industry event, the Security Exhibition & Conference (24-26 July 2019, ICC Sydney) is the best platform for professionals to keep abreast of the changing security landscape. Featuring over 170 leading brands, many global manufacturers plan their Australian product launches around the Security Exhibition. 

Covering the full spectrum of physical and electronic security suppliers, attendees get hands-on product experience with live demonstrations and the opportunity to discuss capabilities with technicians and R&D experts.

To further demonstrate our proactive approach to providing the security community with the innovation and education it needs to keep up with the fast-paced nature of the industry, we are pleased to launch our ‘Focus on security’ theme for Security 2019.

The need and demand for security is evident and the idea behind the theme is to bring it to the fore. This dynamic creative will be seen across industry media over the coming months and will help frame the way our audiences see and understand security.


Continuing to provide opportunities for visitors and exhibitors; the Security Exhibition & Conference is where your security needs are brought into focus. With over 5,000 attendees and held over three days, the free exhibition will host hundreds of new product releases and demonstrations. Some of the product and service categories include access control, home automation, biometrics, cyber security, and CCTV.

ASIAL Security Conference

Once again, the ASIAL Security Conference provides delegates with fundamental updates from the organisations shaping today’s security landscape.  The first day of the program covers critical industry updates, followed by a choice of streamed sessions on the second and third day of the program.

The future of Security Breakfast

Held on the second day of the Security Exhibition & Conference, the future of Security Breakfast is the ideal opportunity to connect with industry professionals and colleagues over a light breakfast and keynote presentation.

Networking drinks

Held after the first day of the Security Exhibition & Conference, the Networking Drinks reception is the ideal place to network with clients and suppliers in a more social environment.

Gala Dinner

Hosted in partnership with ASIAL, the annual Gala Dinner is held at Sydney’s iconic Town Hall. This ultimate networking evening brings together security professionals from across the globe to celebrate, engage and socialise with colleagues, suppliers, and clients.

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