In a world that has evolved to thrive on a constant flow and exchange of information, the telecommunications and technology sectors have become the critical pillars that support us, our businesses and our connections with the world at large. Even as these industries work tirelessly, developing new technologies and creating new strategies to accommodate our needs, demands continue to accelerate and keeping up remains a steady challenge. With each new year comes new questions and new drivers to consider. When designing and enabling our technological ecosystem to be better, faster or safer — what exactly will 2019 bring and what impact will these advancements have?

While it may be impossible to know exactly what the future holds, industry minds have some promising predictions. Jezzibell Gilmore, Co-Founder and SVP of Business Development at PacketFabric, the highly scalable connectivity-as-a-service platform and a member of the NantWorks ecosystem of companies, recently participated in a virtual roundtable, where she offered her insights on what changes 2019 may pose to the industry. The roundtable, moderated by Rob Powell, Founder and Chief Editor of Telecom Ramblings, discussed a number of salient aspects, including where the future of internet infrastructure may be headed.

When asked for some predictions for 2019’s internet infrastructure, Gilmore noted that, unfortunately, as the technological world grows, the opportunities and incentives for cyberattacks are also growing as more and more of our valuable and sensitive information enters into the digital realm. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, or attacks in which machine or network resources are incapacitated and made unavailable to users, are now a very real facet of life that even the smallest enterprises must now be concerned about. In 2019, Gilmore says we can expect to see a focus on heightened performance and security in response to risks like these.

Subsequently, Gilmore also forecasts that in 2019 a growing number of enterprises will be looking for secure, dedicated connectivity for their solutions. In an environment that is becoming increasingly involved with, and dependent upon, video conferences, eCommerce, streaming services and huge amounts of cloud storage, slow or incapable network connectivity is only growing more costly. Dedicated connectivity not only helps with accommodating innovative technologies, but it will also enable businesses to leverage higher speeds, increased reliability and, more important now than ever before, better security.

As we enter 2019 and face challenges like these, managed providers such as PacketFabric are empowering companies to take charge of their performance and their data’s safety by provisioning powerful and highly scalable network connections. Shifting from a public network to a private one between the provider’s and the customer’s dedicated nodes helps to insulate against attacks by eliminating access for anyone outside of a given organization. In the end, switching to dedicated connectivity allows businesses to allocate their time, energy and resources more efficiently and effectively by taking the guesswork out of this crucial facet of day-to-day operations.

We may not know exactly what the future holds for technology and telecom until it arrives, but industry minds, like Gilmore, are reading the signs. When pursuing next-level protection, efficiency and speed, businesses will need to look no further than the security of dedicated, private connectivity.