Much has changed since the pandemic began. Employees are still working from home, consumers are purchasing more products online, and telehealth care has increased in popularity. Each of these trends, along with a multitude of others, has affected the digital privacy and security of sensitive information for businesses and consumers.

Pondurance makes annual cybersecurity predictions based on such emerging trends. Experts Lyndon Brown, Chief Strategy Officer at Pondurance, and Derek Brink, Vice President and Research Fellow at Aberdeen Strategy & Research, discuss five predictions in the webinar Cybersecurity Predictions for 2022. The following predictions — or trends, as Derek prefers to call them — are backed up by research from an Aberdeen study of nearly 5,000 organizations worldwide:

  • A maturing approach to risk. When business executives consider their cyber risk, they often talk about security, threats, vulnerabilities, and exploits. But are those actually cyber risks? Lyndon and Derek discuss cyber risk and review research study results on how companies rated their perspectives on cyber risk and how those perspectives differed based on cybersecurity maturity levels. They also talk about top cybersecurity skills needed in the next two years and how breach disclosure laws have raised the awareness level of cybersecurity.
  • Hybrid workplace model. At the start of the pandemic, employees began working from home. Today, some employees are still working from home while others are back at the office, creating a hybrid workplace. Organizations will continue playing catch up to ensure that they can protect their employees across different landscapes. The experts discuss research study results on work-from-home policies and the benefits and challenges of these policies.
  • A people-first approach. The cybersecurity industry has always seen the triad of people, process, and technology. But now, the trend is people first — and there simply aren’t enough talented people. What are companies doing to address the workforce gap? How do they rank their top 10 areas of investment in processes and technologies? And what do the experts have to say about the importance of humans in cybersecurity
  • Managed detection and response (MDR). Cyberattackers are creative and persistent human beings, so companies need the ability to counter with human expertise and speed. Lyndon and Derek expect that MDR services will be the cybersecurity answer for many companies in 2022. What does the research study reveal about the normal timeline to detect, investigate, and recover from a security incident? Lyndon and Derek tackle this question as well as discuss how Pondurance uses MDR services to provide 360-degree visibility to detect and respond to cyber activity for clients at any level of maturity.
  • Investments for the future. With too few cybersecurity professionals in the industry, the pathways to cybersecurity careers will continue to change. Research shows distinct differences in how baby boomers, Gen Xers, and millennials are entering the cybersecurity field and developing a cybersecurity workforce for the future. The experts discuss these differences, as well as the attributes that companies are seeking in cyber professionals.

The world experienced changes during the pandemic, and the cybersecurity industry has changed with it. Learn what the research reveals and what the experts predict for next year in the webinar Cybersecurity Predictions for 2022