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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 15:22

Five Cybersecurity Predictions for 2018

As we begin 2018, cybersecurity issues are already dominating the headlines. With that in mind, here are five industry predictions we see evolving in 2018:

Post Quantum Cybersecurity Discussion Warms up the Boardroom

We’re already seeing the uncertainty of cybersecurity in a post-quantum world percolate in many circles, but this is the year the discussion will gain traction in the top levels of business. We also expect to see the topic of cryptographic agility (or crypto agility) gather more momentum with the heightened urgency to develop standards that drive post quantum cryptography (PQC) and how this impacts business moving forward.

Remember, no algorithm lasts forever. It’s not a matter of “if” it will be broken, it’s a matter of “when. As security experts grapple with preparing for a post-quantum world, top executives and business leaders will begin to genuinely consider what they can do to ensure all our connected “things” (cars, devices, infrastructure, etc.) remain secure. This questioning and testing of their ability to develop and implement an effective crypto agility approach are underpinning the key concerns of companies – irrespective of the industry and infrastructure, whether it’s an enterprise or consumer-related application.

In 2018, we’ll start seeing the discussion shift from questions to solutions. As a result, we expect the first of many customized, market segment (industry, or use case) specific crypto applications will be introduced to bridge the gap and offer the forward-looking ability to adapt to inevitable changing dynamics.