2017 Was the Year in Security of…

by Maria Battaglia

December 4, 2017

That was my final question during our 2016 year-in-review and predictions webinar, featuring our esteemed cyber security experts Bruce Schneier, Jon Oltsik, and Gant Redmon.

We are only a few days away from this year’s webinar, and we have an even more star-studded lineup, with the addition IBM Resilient co-founder Ted Julian. Be sure to register today and log the questions you want our panel to answer. It will be a must-see event, as usual – and we’ll be live streaming the discussion, as well.

As we prepare for this year’s webinar, we went back to see how the panel did predicting what the biggest security trends of 2017. The verdict: not bad at all.

One prediction was that 2017 would be the year of scale, with more devices on networks and analyst workloads than organizations can handle. That certainly proved true. The number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices – and IoT-related security concerns – continued to rapidly grow in 2017. The number of IoT devices grew 31 percent in 2017, reaching 8.4 billion connected things, according to Gartner.

And with organizations continuing to face the security skills shortage, workloads continued to mount for existing staffs. In fact, 63 percent of cyber security professionals said the skills gap has increased workloads for existing staff, according to new data from Enterprise Strategy Group and ISSA.

Our panel also thought that 2017 would be the year of GDPR – and it was, as organizations globally worked to prepare for the EU’s massive General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect in May 2018. With many organizations still unprepared for GDPR’s sweeping changes, 2018 might also be the year of Europe.

What topics or questions do you want our panel to address in this year’s webinar? Submit your ideas and register for “Cyber Security in 2017 and the Year Ahead: The Fifth-Annual Year-in-Review and Predictions Webinar” today.

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