This year has proven to be one of continued personal and professional growth for many industry friends, colleagues and me. Yet, even with the positives faced this year, there have been some of those opposing negatives. No wonder, then, there are those among us who might be just about done with 2019.
After all, cyberattackers kicked of the year – one that marked our own brand’s 30th anniversary – with seeming gleeful zeal. Ransomware, which has been alive and successfully kicking for some time now, seemed to grow a bit more destructive this year, with focus expanding to municipal governments and manufacturing firms. As well, supply chain attacks – yet another oldie but goody – seemed to be a popular tactic during 2019 with some legitimate updates hiding malware and backdoors that impacted millions in earlier incidents this year. Mobile devices, to no one’s surprise, also saw some additional attention as an attack vector that, undoubtedly, will grow.
Other attacks continue to trend. In addition to cyberwarfare, such as the one the U.S. reportedly launched against Iran’s rocket/missile-control systems, disinformation and misinformation campaigns continue to plague the U.S. and other countries. Many experts believe coordinated operations spearheaded by savvy nation-state units will only worsen in creating societal and governmental upheaval.
In answer to these repeated affronts, automation technologies – such as products responsible for collecting intel from various network resources that enable monitoring, analysis and incident response – are seeing an uptick in investment by many companies. According to our own audience survey conducted this spring, companies are also interested in identity and access management, cloud security services and more.
This long-standing, high-stakes feud that seems to underpin a still growing and intense industry demands stalwart commitment, psychological stamina, know-how and maybe a little fearlessness. Sure, there are challenges, but once in the fray it’s ever harder to step away. In fact, as we now look at our 30 years immersed in the infosec community, the moves taken by both sides only seem to get more thoughtful and the stakes grow even higher.
So, our brand, started by a couple of guys in Wales as a mere newsletter that, eventually as part of Haymarket Media, continued to morph into a mainstay media entity known for its integrity, objectivity and editorially and commercially driven product offerings, will continue to stand with you. And as we take on 2020 under our new owners at CyberRisk Alliance, we’ll leave 2019 with gratitude for our accomplishments and creative advances and look with hope to a new year filled with more growth, creativity and prosperity.
To you and yours, we here at SC Media wish you all Happy Holidays and a fantastic New Year.
Illena Armstrong is VP, editorial of SC Media.