Artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and supply chain security top the list of industry trends to watch in 2022, according to the Security Industry Association (SIA)'s Security Megatrends, which influence both short- and long-term change in the global security industry.

SIA’s 2022 Security Megatrends were selected based on fall 2021 survey data gathered from hundreds of top security industry business leaders.

Each year, SIA produces the Security Megatrends report, which chronicles the top forces at play in security, shaping executives’ business decisions and enacting far-reaching change on businesses across the industry.

The 2022 Security Megatrends are:

  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  2. Cybersecurity
  3. Supply Chain Assurance
  4. Service Models and the Cloud
  5. Workforce Development
  6. Increased Interoperability
  7. Data Privacy
  8. Security as Proptech
  9. Expanded Intelligence Monitoring
  10. Health and Sustainability

For the second year in a row, the 2022 SIA Megatrends report identified AI as the predominant trend shaping the security industry, as companies have embraced the technology’s promise through advanced audio analytics, complex facial recognition, cutting-edge video surveillance scene processing and robotics and drones. Also for the second year in a row, cybersecurity ranked in second place. Cybersecurity is a major market differentiator and a top concern for industry firms, with the constant threat of security solutions being targeted by ransomware or government or critical infrastructure security systems being impacted by nation state hacks. Third on the list was supply chain assurance, with industry-wide concerns around logistics challenges and the ability to put full trust in the security of installed devices, software and solutions.

Newer trends on the list signal a positive mindset shift within the security industry toward protecting people’s privacy and making the world healthier and more open, with increased interoperability ranking sixth, data privacy ranking seventh and health and sustainability in the tenth spot.

View and/or download the official 2022 Security Megatrends report here.