2017 Cybersecurity Predictions

December 29, 2016

2017 Cybersecurity Predictions: Automation and Playbook Models Take On Key Roles in Threat Intelligence Sharing

Threat intelligence sharing among vendor and industry peers has come a long way, and in 2017 there will be more opportunities than ever to demonstrate its value; especially as conversations around sharing intelligence between the public and private sectors continues.

2017 Cybersecurity Predictions: Recruiters Search for Cyber Talent Outside of Security

This post is part of an ongoing blog series examining "Sure Things" (predictions that are almost guaranteed to happen) and "Long Shots" (predictions that are less likely to happen) in cybersecurity in 2017.

Cybersecurity is facing a shortage of qualified professionals to occupy the many openings within the sector. Earlier this year, Forbes and other sources pegged job vacancies for available cybersecurity sector jobs at 74 percent for the last five years, and that percentage number is expected to increase globally as security concerns become greater for small, medium and large businesses. In addition, new government regulations and best practices for security will put increasing pressure on the cybersecurity infrastructure of many organizations, making talent shortages that much more visible. So how will companies find this much needed talent and what does this mean for both employers and job seekers? Here are our talent hiring predictions for cybersecurity in 2017.

2017 Cybersecurity Predictions: Japan Confronts SMB Cyber Resiliency, Anticipating Tokyo 2020

This post is part an ongoing blog series examining "Sure Things" (predictions that are almost guaranteed to happen) and "Long Shots" (predictions that are less likely to happen) in cybersecurity in 2017.

In Japan there is much hype around the 2020 Summer Olympics and the expectation that the event will create new business opportunities. There is also concern about cyberattacks disrupting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games operations and the theft of national security and/or trade secrets. This type of attack would harm the competitiveness of companies in Japan and damage reputations. With this in mind – and because the Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly expanding and introducing new attack vectors. Here are some sure things and long shots for 2017, based on these dynamics.

2017 Cybersecurity Predictions: Service Providers Confront IoT Security

This post is part of an ongoing blog series examining "Sure Things" (predictions that are almost guaranteed to happen) and "Long Shots" (predictions that are less likely to happen) in cybersecurity in 2017.

Based on the trends we are seeing within the mobile industry, here are some predictions for 2017...

2017 Cybersecurity Predictions: Price of Ransomware Continues to Increase in Asia-Pacific

2016 was a challenging year for organisations particularly as cyber adversaries achieved high-profile success, mainly with ransomware. Organisations in Asia-Pacific are no exception. The year also taught a valuable lesson that no industry vertical is safe; if there is a hole in your security, a determined adversary will find it.

2017 should be an opportunity for organisations to instigate a regular program of security risk assessments to stay ahead in cybersecurity. New technologies and ever-increasing levels of connectivity are transforming businesses and unlocking business development opportunities across the region.

Being aware of security concerns doesn't mean avoiding new technology altogether. It's about being sensible and trying to stay ahead of cybercriminals by understanding current and potential threats and what can be done to mitigate the risk.

2017 Cybersecurity Predictions: Machine Learning and AI-Driven Frameworks Shape Cloud Security

This post is part of an ongoing blog series examining "Sure Things" (predictions that are almost guaranteed to happen) and "Long Shots" (predictions that are less likely to happen) in cybersecurity in 2017.

Here's what we predict for cloud in 2017...

2017 Cybersecurity Predictions: Preparation, Proliferation, Personnel and Protection = A Bumper Year in EMEA

The innovations in today's digital world continue to advance at a tremendous pace, and 2016 didn't fail to have its own impact on society. As a hobbyist in remote flight, the introduction of drones to deliver blood and medicines in Rwanda from a Silicon Valley startup was an amazing example of how the Internet of Things can have a hugely positive impact on society. I can't wait for the completion of the $10 million Tricorder XPRIZE to be announced in early 2017, when fiction is expected to become fact, as a portable wireless device that is anticipated to be able to monitor and diagnose health conditions.

What can we expect in 2017 from a cybersecurity perspective? Personally, I believe 2017 and early 2018 will be the most exciting years in terms of evolving our cybersecurity capabilities as businesses prepare for the May 2018 deadlines imposed by upcoming EU legislation changes. This is a rare opportunity to step back and take stock of our capabilities and validate if they are still fit for their purpose, both for the approaching deadline and thereafter. This is a welcome driver to look to the future as security professionals are often so caught up in enabling the ongoing technology innovations and managing evolving cyber risks.

So here are my predictions for the next 12 months...

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