A fourth prediction by Verizon includes an intelligent fabric that connects everything, which will render underlying networks invisible to end-users.
"Improvements in network reliability and resiliency, coupled with intelligent endpoints, serve as the foundation for connecting smart machines and smarter people," Small said. "We will see a shift in 2013 to more dynamic networks, pervasive IP connections, and purpose-built networks that serve businesses, consumers and society."
Small added that the network continues to grow in importance, and we will continue to take it for granted.
Verizon's final prediction is that identity security will be a bigger issue in 2013.
Two-factor authentication is already gaining adherents, according to Small, but it will not counteract the increasing amount of criminal activity.
"The race is on to protect every endpoint, every device and everything connected to the Internet," Small said. "While the Internet affords us countless opportunity it also comes with a price. No longer is strong security an option; it's a mandatory requirement for all organizations to protect their intellectual and physical capital, customer identities and society at large."