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C-suite execs give future technology predictions for the decade


Research will go a long way in the 2020s

Alex Holden, a security expert for the nonprofit tech association ISACA and CISO of the consulting firm Hold Security, pointed to how each decade has had its own tech theme.

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“In the 1990s, we were fighting to keep our systems from crashing. In the 2000s, we worked on stability and functionality. In the 2010s, we fought for availability and against breaches. Now, in the 2020s, it is a race against time,” he said.

That race is against cybersecurity threats that are coming more effectively and at a faster pace in industries that are short on security experts but long on cybersecurity products, according to Holden. Facing those kinds of odds, he recommended that organizations do more than rely on security products and the advice of those vendors. “You can’t buy something off the shelf and believe you’re now secure,” he said. “And you don’t want to get threat information only from vendors who have a solution — they’re more than likely to sell something that can fix a problem but not anything beyond that.”

Instead, the 2020s call for self-education and self-awareness on cybersecurity and other tech issues, Holden said. C-suite executives should read daily technology security briefings from trusted technology pundits and immerse themselves in objective research that covers how their industries are handling tech. According to Holden, it’s a high-stakes battle for which there is a military analogy. “If you are a general, you have to get the state of the troops today; it can’t be yesterday,” he said. “Things change fast.”


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