- CHN STU 2017 1 - CyberheistNews Vol 8 #51 Dec 26th Welcome to the CyberheistNews 2019 Crystal Ball Issue.

Every year, in December I spend a few days analyzing our space, and predict the coming year. The takes the longest to write, but it217;s fun to do!

And as usual, I’m donning my asbestos undies, so you can safely flame my poor behind after reading the new predictions. And again, we go gazing in the crystal for the coming 12 months, but remember, the future ain’t what it used to be. It’s already here, but unevenly distributed.

I looked at my predictions for 2018, and unfortunately in most respects, 2019 won’t change much: untrained users will still fall for increasingly sophisticated social engineering tactics. IT will still have trouble with patching. The bad guys will still attack and bad news from data breaches will continue. Cyberattacks will become increasingly destructive and devolve into cold cyberwar. IT pros find themselves in the trenches of this war that they did not sign up for.

What matters most is whether your organization will be a victim or not. Of course you could do nothing and be lucky. But the only way to control your destiny is make your organization a hard target based on a -down, security-first culture.

To start off, also as usual, I’m repeating the tradition of my same New Year’s wish as a newsletter editor since 1996: “A world without war, crime and insanity, where honest people can flourish, prosper and reach greater heights”.

Warm Regards,
Stu Sjouwerman

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