Top Cyber Security Issues for 2017 from Leidos Outlook & Trends

March 9, 2017
This cross-industry review suggests five top cyber security questions.

Given how our IT solutions evolve, our cyber security solutions need to evolve with them. But how?

They say the quality of our thinking is often a function of the quality of the questions we ask.  In this regard we can get some great improvements in our thinking based on the Leidos 2017 Cybersecurity Forecast. Titled “Security Trends and Predictions: 2017 Demands a New Approach,” the Leidos report includes input from Forrester Senior Analyst, Joseph Blankenship, who provided responses to five FAQs based on his presentation of security trends and predictions for 2017.

This cross-industry review suggests five top cyber security questions and provides related cyber security consequences related to how we respond. 

A big driver for the changes is the increasing digitization of businesses, and the greater emphasis on using data-centric solutions.


  1. What are some of the top cybersecurity trends expected to have an impact on organizations in 2017?
  2. How can we better manage our security operations and prepare for the future?
  3. What key cybersecurity metrics should we be reporting to our management team?
  4. What impact does IoT have on cybersecurity?
  5. Will things get better in 2017?

Highlights of Answers

Traditional approaches to security either protect the network or the device itself, not the actual data. For example, traditional network security controls focused at the perimeter are no longer effective, as they imply the idea of a trusted internal network.

The evolution of IoT across businesses and consumers is having a great impact on cybersecurity. As IoT continues to improve business processes through sensor technology and analytics, the presence of enterprise IoT will continue to grow. Connected devices are expanding the attack surface, creating a more vulnerable network of systems than ever before.

Things will likely get worse before they get better. Over the past year, over 2 billion records were compromised due to lax security and a lack of enterprise commitment to protect customers. As a result, security professionals should take steps to protect data and work with their business counterparts to understand how data flows change as the business itself changes and security becomes more data-centric.

New tools and technology are certainly promising, and in 2017 Leidos expects increased adoption of innovative solutions to increase security and mitigate risk. Security analytics and automation and orchestration technologies show promise to help improve security in 2017.

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