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The Cybersecurity Dive Outlook on 2021

Danielle Ternes for CIO Dive

Note from the editor

The cybersecurity conversation changed in December after two key technology vendors disclosed cyberattacks. FireEye's compromise showcased threat actors using novel techniques to steal Red Team tools. The SolarWinds hack offered a worst-case scenario of supply chain technology vulnerabilities. 

What security experts long cautioned could happen came to fruition: A supply chain attack unleashed a wave of compromises through a network. In SolarWinds' case, at least 18,000 customers were using the exploited Orion software and many discovered secondary compromises. 

The attack in particular has reshaped the security outlook for 2021. Previous discussions about remote end points have given way to systematic reevaluations of security postures, leading to scrutiny of how software is built and deployed. 

A key question has emerged: What technology can businesses trust? 

Answering this question falls to the CISO and other security business leaders. This year is all about rethinking how businesses secure their most valuable assets in an environment where unknowns proliferate. 

Thanks for reading, 

Naomi Eide Senior Editor

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The Cybersecurity Dive Outlook on 2021

Last year, what security experts long cautioned could happen came to fruition — a supply chain attack unleashed a wave of compromises. Now, stakeholders have to ask, what technology can businesses trust?

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  • The cybersecurity and threat trends CISOs must watch
  • Why some industries are more secure than others
  • How privacy laws could be affected by a Democratic Congress
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Produced by our team of award-winning journalists, these Outlooks can help businesses navigate the uncertain road ahead in 2021.
Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.