We'd rather not be right about this. And we don't want clients to be involved -- just prepared that this is a topic that the media will cover.
Nonetheless, here are two recent New York Times and Wall St. Journal headlines that validate our predictions:
- Wall St. Journal: U.S. Official Cites Cyberattac
- New York Times: Security Leader Says U.S. Would Retaliate Against Cyberattacks
Cybercrime and cyberwarfare: We said this was a growing issue in 2012, and we maintain that's the case for the rest of the decade. There will be a lot of articles about China as a source for cyberespionage and policy articles about how the U.S. should protect itself from its largest creditor. Expect regular front-page coverage about the latest exploits against the U.S. and U.S. companies. A big concern: our security and intelligence agencies don't have enough trained personnel to protect against and prevent cyber attacks against the U.S. and American businesses; and they lack the resources to fully identify and prosecute cybercriminals. We also expect to see a rise in the number of stories about cyberstalking and “revenge porn,” where jilted exes post incriminating (and often false) information as a way to get back at former spouses, lovers, and friends.