Frost & Sullivan figures out the future of privacy and cybersecurity

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, The Future of Privacy and Cybersecurity, Forecast to 2030, finds that by 2030, there will be a complex global network of 200 billion devices, with over 20 connected devices per human. As the Internet of Things landscape is expected to progressively expand beyond the traditional network in use today, there will be an increase in the complexity of privacy and cybersecurity challenges. Consequently, the market will experience deeper synergies among data protection, security, privacy, and public good as more international frameworks are developed to govern the internet.

“Artificial Intelligence (AI) will emerge as the new frontier of privacy and cybersecurity as enterprises explore new opportunities and train a capable workforce to identify critical threats, respond faster to breaches, and learn from them,” said Vinay Venkatesan, Visionary Innovation Research Consultant. “In addition to AI, data de-identification, advanced authentication and encryption, biometrics, Blockchain, automation, and quantum computing also will have the potential to transform privacy and cybersecurity.”

Venkatesan added: “There will be more than 26 smart cities by 2025, most of them in North America and Europe. Additionally, boundaries between work and home continue to blur, as we’re experiencing right now. This means every connected device in a smart home, enterprise or city will be a potential access point to our most sensitive and personal data, making mass non-consensual data collection feasible and cybersecurity all the more vital.”

Analyzing for the Middle East, Saurabh Verma, Head, ICT Practice, Middle East, says, “Future cyberattacks will be increasingly targeted to disrupt critical national infrastructure. UAE, Saudi Arabia, and other regional countries have witnessed a sharp increase in the frequency of cyberattack attempts on their national critical assets over the years. Additionally, the convergence between IT and OT has added more complexities in managing IT security. To mitigate this, Governments will have to continue to invest in IT security appliances and applications to manage national assets as ‘public good’ wherein costs and benefits are shared by all citizens to secure national assets.”

For further revenue opportunities, cybersecurity vendors should:

• Invest in/partner with startups offering technological innovations (Blockchain, AI) at the core.

• Adopt an enterprise-wide cyber defence strategy rather than a dedicated cybersecurity unit.

• Invest in a creative, “cyber-human” workforce with the flexibility to deal with the evolving nature of threats.

• Allocate dedicated budgets for post-breach response solutions and recovery mechanisms.

• Consider integrating solutions offering end-to-end security built into the system rather than “bolt-on” security features.

The Future of Privacy and Cybersecurity, Forecast to 2030 is part of Frost & Sullivan’s global Visionary Innovation Growth Partnership Service program.