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6 Cybersecurity “Predictions” for 2019

It’s that time of year again. You know the one: Predictions Season. It starts roughly around the end of November when media outlets, analysts, and anyone else with an opinion and a platform (like Edgewise with this blog!) start discussing what might happen in the coming twelve months. Predictions Season isn’t unique to cybersecurity, but because that’s the space we play in, our readers are primarily security practitioners, and because we at Edgewise sometimes like to be a bit silly, we wanted to offer our “predictions” for 2019. Don’t be fooled though. You won’t learn anything useful here. This post is purely for fun and entertainment. And we certainly do not think that any of these “predictions” will actually come to pass.

Users will start abandoning the cloud due to global warming.

Climate change has been a hot topic for some time, so it’s no wonder that cybersecurity pros are concerned about the effect of networking on the environment. Computing in the cloud, as everyone knows, may be better for speed, efficiency, and elasticity, but it creates a significant burden on the planet. As temperatures in the northeast and midwest climb to unprecedented lows due to frozen clouds that can’t function properly, and temperatures in the west and south rise to never-before-seen levels this winter due to the complete evaporation of clouds, organizations will start to pull data and applications out of the cloud in favor of on-premises networking. Because it uses less energy. Obviously.

Joint Congressional committees launch USGovSec.com

This innovative for-profit security company, which receives unconditional bipartisan support, will become a cloud security vendor that offers blockchain-based voting solutions that prove to be unhackable. Beta customers will include the governments of China and Russia, who endorse the premise so strongly that they have vowed to contribute more than $500 million in funding to the effort in 2019.

Edgewise predicts that, after a 10-day POC installation during which it’s proven that this new technology is 100% hardened against cyber attacks, 27 US states, Hungary, Turkey, and Poland become the first named customers.

The first Zero Trust Cloud Security Container Broker for AI-enabled Internet of Things emerges from stealth

After years of struggling to attract attention from the general public, the Internet of Things (IoT) finally breaks its way into the mainstream using the power of artificial intelligence that’s 10X more reliable than Watson. Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs), who will flounder briefly after being pushed out of the market by enterprises’ mass migration away from cloud computing, are predicted to partner with IoT firms to monitor and process all traffic flowing between the user and their consumer-grade device. But because these IoT devices will be based on a zero trust methodology, users will no longer be able to login to or control their devices, which they will find is perfectly fine since the artificial intelligence can accurately determine when they need want to toast a piece of bread, adjust a thermostat, or initiate a Facetime session.


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SecDevOps becomes a reality for 87.3% of companies

According to widespread industry reports, just under seven-eighths of companies will adopt a SecDevOps methodology (which proves to be an improvement over DevSecOps). For the first six months of 2019, development teams will build and deploy new applications at unheard of speeds. By midyear, continuous integration of SecDevOps serverless microservices mesh-based container architectures will start to continuously deliver infrastructure engineers crying themselves to sleep.

Edgewise’s own infrastructure engineer Sean Lutner says he has already stocked up on Kleenex Ultra Soft™ in anticipation of this shift. Lutner further predicts that the rate of unpatched zero day vulnerabilities will skyrocket.

Edgewise announces Vapor Computing

In response to Cisco’s fog computing initiative, Edgewise will abandon its fundamental cloud workload protection product to focus on “Vapor Computing.” In this initiative, data and computation are not merely moved closer to the end uer, but exist inside the end user enterprise.

As a result, the Vapor Rising Consortium, founded in November 2018 and comprised of leaders from major tech companies, will aim to standardize and promote Vapor Computer. The goal of the Consortium will continue to be to make Vapor Computing as widely adopted as STIX and TAXII have been for the past 5 years.

As a negative consequence, Vapor Computing will be confused with vaping, causing millenials to rush to dispensaries only to ask for a product which does not yet exist (stay tuned for our 2020 predictions).

Cybersecurity pros will say “next” on next-generation firewalls

Edgewise predicts that customer satisfaction with firewall vendors will be only slightly lower than the major cable providers' customer approval ratings. Due to the inadequacy of address-based controls in dynamic environments, and the ease with which cyber criminals can poke through next-gen firewalls to hijack blindly-trusted communications on the network and move laterally to exploit databases containing customer information, intellectual property, and financial data, security pros will decry, “No more!”

In an attempt to slow customer churn, NGFW sales reps will offer free logging services. When admins become inundated with alerts, they will miss critical information leading to indicators of compromise, find that they’ve had attackers sitting in their network for over 4 years, and fire all the firewall vendors. In turn, admins will be forced to find and implement new solutions that actually stop attackers from exploiting communication paths and accessing critical data.

Katherine Teitler, Director of Content

Written by Katherine Teitler, Director of Content

Katherine Teitler leads content strategy and development for Edgewise Networks. In her role as Director of Content she is a storyteller; a translator; and liaison between sales, marketing, and the customer. Prior to Edgewise, Katherine was the Director of Content for MISTI, a global training and events company, where she was in charge of digital content strategy and programming for the company's cybersecurity events, and the Director of Content at IANS, where she built, managed, and contributed to the company's research portal.