Friday, January 9, 2009

The Week that Was... Full of Predictions

It's Friday evening and the end of the "Week of (everyone else's) 2009 Security Predictions".

It could have gone on for longer, stretching beyond a month, but it's pretty surprising just how many vendors "predict" the same thing and how many of those predictions were as predictable as the morning sunrise. To a large extent, most of the predictions can be summed up as "more of the same".

To recap upon the week, I looked at security predictions from the following...
Day 1 - Cisco
Day 2 - MessageLabs
Day 3 - PandaLabs
Day 4 - Websense
Day 5 - Dark Reading

...and they weren't as terrible as many thought. Obviously, there were several that could be encapsulated in the term FUD, but the majority of the predictions were extensions of common security trends that we've all be observing for several years.

It was an interesting experience, and the feedback I received from most of the readers was generally good - but I apparently upset a handful of Cisco followers. Oh well, that's the problem with opinions - everyone has one.

It'll be interesting to see how these predictions stack up at the end of the year.

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