2022 New Year

Spotlight: COVID, Cloud Sovereignty and Other 2022 Trends with DigiCert

In this Spotlight edition of the podcast, we’re joined by Dean Coclin, the Senior Director of Business Development at DigiCert. Dean and I discuss the trends that will shape the New Year, from cloud sovereignty to the growing reliance on PKI to secure digital identities, DEVOPs and more.

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If 2021 taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected. The year started with an attack on U.S. democracy that few foresaw. A pandemic that was supposed to be on the run ended the year with a global blitz of almost unprecedented magnitude.

Those kinds of unexpected surprises might make you wary about predicting the future. But when it comes to phenomena like online security, encryption and digital identities, some of the trend lines evident at the end of 2021 are a bit easier to extend into the future. “The future is already here,” the author William Gibson famously observed. “It’s just not evenly distributed.”

Dean Coclin is the Senior Director of Business Development at DigiCert

So it is with predictions for this new year, 2022. So what are some of those trends and what might we expect on the cybersecurity and digital identity front in 2022? We invited technology and digital identity veteran Dean Coclin from DigiCert into the Security Ledger studios to give us his thoughts.

Will Vaccine Passports Pave The Way to Digital IDs?

Dean is the Senior Director of Business Development at DigiCert. He has more than 30 years of business development and product management experience in software, security, and telecommunications to the company.

In this conversation, Dean and I talk about how the pandemic will continue to shape the behavior of workers and businesses in 2022. We also talk about how some byproducts of the pandemic – like vaccine passports – might give way to broader use of digital identities in places like Europe and Asia.

Dean talks about the growing demands for strong digital certificates – for everything from vaccine passports to code signing for DEVOPS environments.

Cloud Sovereignty Movement Grows

We also talk about the growing reality of “cloud sovereignty” – a balkanization of the Internet as nations and private firms increasingly look to bring data on their citizens and businesses back home – whether for national security or privacy reasons. Dean says that regional security boundaries affecting cloud data will continue to appear in places like Europe and China will have a big impact on business planning in 2022 and beyond.

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