Cybersecurity Trends & Predictions for 2021

Being able to retain customer trust has never been more important – or more difficult – following the events of 2020. With so much disarray and widespread changes to working patterns, such as the mass migration to remote working, the job of keeping businesses secure has never been more difficult.

Between more sophisticated cybercriminals and immense pressure to ensure governance on compliance, 2021 is already shaping up to be a minefield. And as such, cybersecurity has risen to the top of most organisations’ agendas.

Cybersecurity Trends and predictions that are going to be addressed in the video recording are: 

  1. Dark Clouds are coming, the underground economy migrates with lightning speed to the cloud.
  2. Organisations that don’t prepare in advance for cyber threats are twice as likely to go out of business compared to those that do.
  3. Organisations are being forced to place strategic bets.
  4. Cyber security becomes everyone’s headache.
  5. Collaboration becomes key in fighting off cyber threats.
  6. In 2021 Hybrid Security becomes the way forward to stay ahead of the curve.
  7. Backups are moving from Cost to Revenue stream.
  8. Backups are essential but Restore becomes critical.
  9. In 2021 Intelligence as a Service will be the catalyst of the maturing of the underground market.
  10. There will be a surge of The Ultimate Betrayal.


I did a session on Cybersecurity Trends & Predictions for 2021 at the annual Dutch VMUG in 2020 and by popular demand it will be published here. So as we enter what promises to be a complicated year, organisations should know what they could face in this interesting year! 


Most organisations have been willing to play the risk and kind of been reactive. For decades certain threat trends remained very linear, whether that was man made threats, natural occurrences like hurricanes, earthquakes, or floods and some climate change perhaps taken place where we have seen an increase in fires. But that’s been on relatively small scale, but what we now are experiencing with cyber threats is on such radically different kind of trajectory. We are going from once every hundred-year there is a major flood to every day is a major flood.

You can’t dodge this! I wish the average business executive understood that not having an effective cyber security program in place within their business puts them at great risk of an attack or data breach. No matter the size of the organisation, everyone should have a corporate security policy outlining acceptable use policy of data, access and control of data, incident response, security measures and much more.

The year 2021 will split those organisations in half. Those that are actively trying to get ahead of this and those that increasingly been at greater risk. Unless you are one of those proactive organisations aggressively looking for means like AI, testing ahead of time, hardening your systems ahead of time. You are going to increasingly be more vulnerable than you ever were in the past!