There are seven key megatrends driving the future of enterprise IT. You can remember them all with the mnemonic acronym CAMBRIC, which stands for Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Big Data, Robotics, Internet of Things, CyberSecurity. In this post we dive deeper into the trend of enhanced Cybersecurity.
We can make a prediction with absolute certainty: In the future, there will be times when adversaries will surprise even the most well defended organizations. History just makes that totally clear.
Said another way, cybersecurity in the future, like cybersecurity today, is a bit like a rodeo. Sometimes the rider will ride and sometimes the rider will be thrown.
We can also say this about the future of cybersecurity: When organizations are led by leaders that care they can make a huge impact in mitigating risks. Cybersecurity professionals know how to configure existing technology in ways that raise costs for adversaries and can also engineer things to make it easier to spot when an adversary has been successful. Experienced professionals know how to mitigate risks in ways that reduce risks, but what is sometimes missing is support from the most senior executive and/or peers to the security leadership. If the executive team does not really care, the security program will be sub-optimized. That is just a fact.
Cybersecurity is especially important because of the newfound complexity arising in our systems. All the megatrends we review here, and everything we see in doing assessments in the market, point to dramatically enhanced complexity. And all indications are that tricking future systems will become easier not harder.
Bottom line: No organization should think they can handle their security needs by themselves. We will all need help. A snapshot of the trend right now indicates:
- Some of humanity’s greatest thinkers, business leaders and computer scientists have struggled to enhance cyber security. Their approaches are not working.
- Cybersecurity will have to advance or none of the other megatrends we review will be optimized.
- Cybersecurity is especially important because of the newfound complexity arising in our systems.
- Behavioral analytics is seen as a promising approach to enhancing our response
- Machine learning and advanced analytics are also seen as promising approaches.
Open questions decision-makers should track include:
- Is humanity sleepwalking into a preventable catastrophe?
- Will it be easier to trick future systems?
- Will any organization be able to defend itself without help?
- What is the role of behavioral analytics?
Books we appreciate for their contribution to understanding cybersecurity include:
- Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History
- The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age
- The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
- Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World
- Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War
- A Fierce Domain: Conflict in Cyberspace, 1986 to 2012
Follow this link to track the highest ranked, enterprise ready Cybersecurity Companies. For deeper considerations of the impact of the cybersecurity trends it is important to track all seven Megatrends and consider them together. Dive deeper into all the trends and examine their impact on your organization via a CTOvision Pro membership, available for enterprises and individuals.
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Other reports in this series:
- CTOvision Assessment On The Megatrend of Cloud Computing
- CTOvision Assessment On The Megatrend of Artificial Intelligence
- CTOvision Assessment On The Megatrend of Mobility
- CTOvision Assessment On The Megatrend of Bigdata
- CTOvision Assessment On The Megatrend of Robotics
- CTOvision Assessment On The Megatrend of the Internet of Things
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- It is not my fault if your WiFi Signals Are Hitting My Laptop and Phone Antennas
- Back to the future – Moonlight Maze
- DNC hack requires swift, forceful response from Washington
- Election Impact 2016: 10 Nov on Capital Hill
- FBI Deputy Director On Russian Election Influence Ops: “We should have seen this coming”
- The Cyber Threat On Election Day: No need to panic, expect some nuisance attacks and exaggerated reporting in press
- Senators Mark Warner and Cory Gardner announce creation of Senate Cybersecurity Caucus
- CTOvision Named To Top 10 Tech Blogs Every CTO Should Follow
- Pushing Computers to the Edge: Next Generation Security and Privacy Controls for Systems and IoT Devices
- Snakes in the Satellites: PassiveTotal provides an update on a massive adversary infrastructure
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