Vulnerability management will become a central concern for more businesses as the digital landscape continues to evolve.
This is according to Gartner, which highlighted a number of IT spending trends at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Florida this week.
Running from October 6 to 10, the event brings together thousands of chief information officers (CIOs) and IT leaders to discuss upcoming digital opportunities.
Gartner said one trend that is likely to arise from an increasing number of devices being connected to the internet will be a rise in the need for security solutions.
Peter Sondergaard, senior vice-president at the organisation and global head of research, claimed the security of embedded technologies within businesses could be "the most important operational responsibility" they have by 2020.
"Digitalisation will create new infrastructures and new vulnerabilities in our infrastructures," he explained.
"Everyone will need to establish more agile security processes."
Gartner stated that smart machines consume and produce data, while mobile devices allow access to this information, which could highlight a need for more mobile application security in the future.
"With all of this valuable data within the IT organisation, cyber security will be an ongoing concern, both inside and outside the enterprise," the organisation remarked.
The comments came as the analyst firm revealed worldwide IT spending is set to reach $3.8 trillion next year, a 3.6 per cent jump from 2013.
This expenditure is resulting in an era Gartner called the Digital Industrial Economy, which is built on the foundation of the Nexus of Forces and the Internet of Everything.
The latter refers to the increasing interconnectedness of the physical and virtual worlds, while the former includes the confluence and integration of social, cloud, collaboration, mobile and data technologies.
"Digitalisation exposes every part of your business and its operations to these forces," Mr Sondergaard said.