In late 2016, the security and risk team at Forrester made its annual predictions for 2017. Let’s take a quick look at how we did.
Prediction No. 1: The incoming Trump administration would face a cybersecurity crisis in its first 100 days.
Prediction No. 2: Healthcare breaches would become as large and as common as retail breaches.
Prediction No. 3: More than 500,000 IoT devices would suffer a cyberattack in 2017.
Prediction No. 4: Security pros would satisfy the talent gap by spending on both security services and automation technologies.
Although many of our predictions did come true, or close to it, 2017 was still a more remarkable year than even we could have predicted:
We don’t expect much respite in 2018, unfortunately, as consumers, businesses, healthcare providers, and governments will face challenges brought on by four primary forces: 1) rising tensions in international relations; 2) ubiquitous connectivity; 3) digital transformation initiatives; and 4) increasing importance of the data economy.
Our latest report guides security and risk professionals through six predictions for 2018 that forecast what will happen as these forces collide. It also shows how security and risk pros can mitigate the risks from the resulting economic, political, and societal changes.
 “‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack losses could reach $4 billion,” CBS Interactive, Moneywatch, May 16, 2017 (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/wannacry-ransomware-attacks-wannacry-virus-losses/).
 “Equifax Says Cyberattack May Have Affected 143 Million in the U.S.,” The New York Times, Sept. 7, 2017 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/business/equifax-cyberattack.html).
(This post originally appeared on the Forrester Research blog, which can be viewed here).
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