Lookout’s Cybersecurity Predictions 2016-19

Lookout is a mobile security business that specializes in using predictive techniques. So it is appropriate that every year they make predictions about the future landscape of cybersecurity. In their latest report, CTO Kevin Mahaffey identifies some very interesting trends for the next three years. Here are four of them.

  • Differences between mobile devices and PCs will disappear, so the operating software and security architecture will be the same, and the only obvious distinction will be the size of the screen.
  • Network perimeters will be re-designed as multiple micro-perimeters, each surrounding distinct applications and data stores, instead of trying to maintain a single perimeter around all corporate resources.
  • Though it will upset some security vendors, cybersecurity will increasingly be measured in terms of risk mitigation, instead of counting the number of security solutions that have been implemented.
  • Password-based authentication is inadequate, and we will come to rely on smartphones to provide multi-factor authentication.

I especially like the report because Mahaffey also goes back and reviews his old predictions, to see how accurate they were. You will find the PDF document containing these predictions, and more, by looking over here.

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Chief Executive of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.