12 Cybersecurity Predictions For 2021

Cybersecurity is set to change rapidly, with immense growth in spending across all sectors. The following twelve cybersecurity predictions for 2021 show the rising challenges and opportunities for the near future.

Cybersecurity will remain a booming field in 2021, with almost 3.5 million posts that need to be filled. However, the landscape is set to undergo massive changes, and organizations need to have an idea about the future to take the necessary steps to adapt to the fast-changing threat landscape. The following twelve cybersecurity predictions will help organizations understand how COVID-19 has altered workplace habits and demand for cybersecurity solutions.

Top Cybersecurity Predictions for 2021

The best cybersecurity predictions for 2021 include:

1. Larger Cybersecurity Budgets and More Full-Time Cyber Staff: PwC Global Digital Trust Insights 2021 found that more than half of all enterprises (55%) state they will be increasing their cybersecurity budgets. 51% of the executives in the survey said that they would add full-time cybersecurity staff.

2. Security Services to be the Most Rapidly Growing and Largest Segment in Security Market: According to IDC, security services will account for about half of all cybersecurity spending till 2024, with a CAGR of 10.5%. Managed security services are predicted to be the largest category with a CAGR of 13.6%, followed by software such as end-point security, intelligence, analytics, and orchestration software.

3. Four Enterprise Sectors Will See The Fastest Growth In Cybersecurity Spending Through 2021: McKinsey predicts that healthcare, finance, media technology, and the public sector will see the most rapid growth in cybersecurity spending.

4. SMBs Cybersecurity Spending to Grow at 10% CAGR till 2024: According to Analysys Mason, the worldwide cybersecurity spending of Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) will grow at 10% CAGR, making the market worth $80 billion by 2024.

5. Cybersecurity I.T. Spending To Grow At 12% CAGR By 2021 Due To Exponential Increase In Cybercrime: Rising cybercrime that includes phishing, breaches, end-point security, and abuse of credentials will cause the global market for cybersecurity software to grow to $230 billion in 2021 from $183 billion in 2019. That is a CAGR of 12%, says IDC.

6. IAM, Network Security, And Messaging Security Will Be Spending Hotspots: McKinsey says that Identity and Access Management (IAM), network and messaging security will be three hotspots in security spending.

7. Intellectual Property Will Be Targetted More Often: CEO Flinton Brenton of Centrify says that I.P. will be targetted more often in 2021. Covid-19 saw an alarming rise in attacks targeting I.P. such as the Russian APT29 that targeted the USA, Canada, and the U.K. It makes more financial sense for adversaries as I.P. can fetch several hundred thousand dollars.

8. Cybercrime Costs To Grow 15% For 5 Years Reaching $10.5 Trillion A Year: Cybersecurity Ventures found that if cybercrime were to be compared to countries, it would be the world’s third-largest economy after the USA and China. Costs will grow to $10.5 trillion in 2025 from $3 trillion in 2015.

9. Three Cybersecurity Technologies Will Become Very Influential by 2023: Gartner’s Impact Radar for Security Framework predicts that cloud workload protection, passwordless authentication, and cloud security posture management will be the most influential technologies within three years. Zero Trust Networking will also become significant.

10. Improvements In A.I And Machine Learning Will Let Devices Self-Heal And Self-Secure: In 2021, AI/ML advances will allow devices to self-secure and self-heal by up to 80%, says Alan Braithwaite — Senior Director at Ivanti. This advancement will enable employees to have a personalized, ambient device experience regardless of the location of work or device used.

11. More Consolidation Among End-point Security Vendors: Analysys Mason notes that though larger security vendors are growing organically via acquisition, smaller vendors in end-point security are finding it hard to increase revenue. Several end-point security vendors have low annual revenue below 500 million and combined with low differentiation and slow growth, consolidations are inevitable.

12. Non-America-Headquartered Cybersecurity Organizations Will See 20% Rise in Cybersecurity Funding in 2021: Forrester Cybersecurity’s principal analyst, Heidi Shey, says that MNCs will have to abandon their single-sourcing approach and accept the reality of region-based point solutions. She also says that toxic security culture will likely lead to a fortune 500 CISO being fired. Increased budgetary pressures will cause a rise in the adoption of risk quantification technology.

Final Word

As CIO Dianne Lapieer of Absolute Software says, 2021 will see a high appetite for mitigating risk but a comparatively lower desire for budgetary increases. Cybersecurity will nevertheless witness significant increases in spending, but challenges will continue to mount. Substantial changes to policies and the adoption of new technology are necessary. For instance, before the pandemic, 82% of organizations allowed Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), but 72% lacked malware protection for BYOD. Such situations must change.

Security Researcher & Consultant for the Government, Enthusiast, Malware Analyst, Penetration Tester He has been successful participant in various bug bounty

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Remesh Ramachandran

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Security Researcher & Consultant for the Government, Enthusiast, Malware Analyst, Penetration Tester He has been successful participant in various bug bounty

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