The Year in Cybersecurity
Hope everyone is enjoying this Holiday Season! As I reflect on the past year in cybersecurity, I can’t help but to think back on a research paper I wrote sometime around 2007. I was looking for something interesting to write about, and I started picking up this stack of Wall Street Journals that were in the corner waiting to be read. What was astounding is what I found! There were more cybersecurity breaches on the front page of those papers than you can imagine. As I perused those pages, I somehow put together some predictions as they were about where I thought things were headed. Well, this year proved me to be right on almost every single one of those outlandish predictions. Here were some of the things that I discussed in that paper. I believe it may be posted to my LinkedIn profile for your reading enjoyment.
* Airlines would be impacted by a breach.
* The power grid among other infrastructure would be a major target
* Banks are breached everyday, and don’t report it publicly
* Entire data centers would be hijacked by digital pirates, the only thing stopping them was the
throughput of the network.
* SaaS would be the beginning of I-WAR
I don’t know how accurate I was, but does any of this sound familiar? We are now living in a new era. Our way of doing business and even how we obtain credit is rapidly becoming antiquated. Attacks are becoming more sophisticated and brazen then I could have ever imagined. So, enjoy the lull, the calm before the storm because if next year is anything like last year, it is shaping up to be one wild ride. So – rest up, I’ll see you all on the other side. My prediction for 2018 – the Power Grid goes down in the U.S. due to cyberattacks. Where do you think next year will take us?
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