Q1 2017

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Cybersecurity Ventures kicks off 2017 with new reports, lists, blogs and diaries

stevemorgancvheadshotSteve Morgan

Menlo Park, Calif. – Mar. 10, 2017

Although Cybersecurity Ventures is quoted and cited in the news every day, the big story around here is that we’re publishing 5X more content in 2017 compared to last year.

Our special 10th edition of the Cybersecurity 500 published on Mar. 1. There’s a new pecking order in cybersecurity, and we’re excited to share it with our readers.

In the summer of 2016, we released a major report — “Hackerpocalypse: A Cybercrime Revelation” — which predicted cybercrime damages will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015. We’ll be publishing a 2017 update to that report shortly.

The latest Cybersecurity Market Report for Q1 2017 is out and it maintains the prediction that global cybersecurity spending will exceed $1 trillion over the next 5 years, from 2017 to 2021. The report has some interesting figures and insights which have been updated since the last edition.

Our cybersecurity reports are now all in one place. So far in 2017 we’ve published the Cybersecurity UK Report, GRC Report, Cyberinsurance Report, Security Awareness Training Report, DDoS Attack Report, Zero Day Report, and Application Security Report. Bookmark this link to check back on our latest reports. Coming soon — the Cybersecurity Jobs Report, Cloud Security Report, Mobile Security Report, Cybercrime Report, Diversity in Cybersecurity Report, Healthcare Security Report, and more.

The first edition of our Venture Funding Report published in Q4 2016. The Q1 2017 edition is coming soon. The report provides a summary of VC and corporate investing deals in the cybersecurity space. Some of the companies will be the hot movers and shakers in the next year or two, and others may crash and burn.

Women in Cybersecurity Blog

We’ve launched several new blogs in the past few months. We’re especially excited about the Women in Cybersecurity quarterly blog. This is an important topic I’ve written on in Forbes and CSO – as well as being quoted and cited on it in numerous other media. Our first edition in Q1 2017 features a list of Women in Cybersecurity Associations, an invaluable resource for the community. Each quarter we’ll be back with more resources focused in this area. The blog is sponsored by SecureStrux, LLC, a women-owned small business that provides specialized services in the areas of compliance, vulnerability management, and cybersecurity strategies.

Master’s Degree Programs in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Ventures is excited to provide the community with the first edition of a Masters in Cyber Directory – a searchable list of 125+ M.S. in Cybersecurity programs offered by universities and colleges in the U.S. Our readers can find schools offering B.S. programs and online programs, or enter a city, state, region or phrase in the keyword box to search for schools.

Cybersecurity Ventures announced our acquisition of the domain name earlier this year. Our initial content is a timeline of noteworthy cyberwarfare activity. Readers gave us great feedback, and they’re looking forward to the next edition which will publish for Q1 2017 shortly. We’ll be supplementing that with an annual Cyberwarfare report, third party contributions, a list of events, and more. A special informal board of advisors has been formed exclusively for the media, and the ideas are percolating.

Cybersecurity Ventures “Diaries”

In Q4 2016, Cybersecurity Ventures released the Data Breach Diary — which was supposed to be our one-and-only diary. The positive feedback from CISOs, IT security teams, and the community was more than what we expected — which led to the release of several others including the Hack Blotter, Password News, Ransomware Report, and Zero Day Diary. Coming soon — the Dark Web Diary, DDoS Attack Diary, Forensics Diary, and IoT Crime Diary. These can all be found under the ‘Diaries’ item on our site navigation bar.

Steve on Cyber

My blog — Steve on Cyber — lists around 350 articles and blogs I’ve written in the media since mid-2015, with my byline as Founder and Editor-In-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures.

From Sept. 2015 through May 2016 I was a Forbes Contributor and wrote 120 blogs covering cybersecurity. It was exciting to get our name out there as an indirect benefit of contributing. My posts were periodically on the front page of and on their most popular of the day and most active on social media — no easy feat considering I’ve been told they have around 1,500 writers. On top of that, security can be a boring topic for their readers — many of whom are C-suite executives at major corporations. I relished the opportunity to make security more interesting, and to draw more attention to it for their readers.

Fulfilled from the Forbes experience, I’ve directed most of my media writing time to IDG’s CSO. My Cybersecurity Business Report blog focuses on the cybereconomy, plus some hack and breach commentary. There’s currently 75+ posts on my CSO blog, and I’ll continue posting at least weekly for them in 2017. CSO is aligned to our core constituency consisting of CISOs, CSOs, IT security teams, and the cyber community in general.

Cyber Investing Summit

In 2016, Cybersecurity Ventures sponsored the inaugural Cyber Investing Summit which was held on Wall Street at the New York Stock Exchange. The sold out venue was one of the most exciting events of the year. Cybersecurity Ventures shared key market data to a sold-out audience from the investment, technology and cybersecurity communities.

We’re excited to announce that in 2017 Cybersecurity Ventures is the Official Research Partner for the Cyber Investing Summit which takes place at the same location on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Board of Advisors Expansion

In Q1 2017, our Board of Advisors added two more Members — Ann Barron-DiCamillo, Vice President, Cyber Threat Intelligence and Incident Response at American Express​, previously Director of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), Department of Homeland Security, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications​, and Marc Goodman, a New York Times Best-Selling author, founder of the Future Crimes Institute, and the Chair for Policy, Law and Ethics at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University.

Homepage Update

Our website homepage is a fan favorite. We’ve piloted some new homepage concepts and our focus groups have insisted that we keep the Golden Gate Bridge right where it is. There’s many things about the Bridge that serve as inspiration for our team.

They said it couldnt’ be built. The strait that connects the Pacific Ocean with the San Francisco Bay is one of the most unforgiving stretches of water in the world. It is 6,700 ft (2,042 m) wide and in the center 500 ft (150 m) deep. Because of the tides moving in and out of the bay the water is subject to strong, swirling currents. Sometimes as the air is forced between the high hills on either side (which is called the “gate”), heavy, gusting winds result that can move as fast as 75 miles per hour. When the wind drops, the area is also often shrouded in heavy fog with near zero visibility. In 1916, because of these factors, San Francisco’s city engineer, Michael M. O’Shaughnessy, estimated that a bridge to span the strait would cost $100 million to construct, an incredible amount of money for that period of time.

So, rather than replace our homepage – we’ve built upon the theme. We hope everyone likes it — and we’ll write something more about that one of these days… time permitting.

Website Navigation

Our main website navigation bar was updated to better organize our content by category. The editors are still working on it, and they’ll be finished shortly. We’ve also added a new panel to the bottom of our home page which displays our entire site navigation – making it easy to find and click on all of our content.

Tweets from Our Sponsors

All of the interior web pages on our site are now supported by embedded tweets from our sponsors (similar to those on the right side bar of this page). The new format gives sponsors an editorial voice on our site, and social interaction with our readers.

To all of our followers and clients, we appreciate your support and wish you and your families a healthy, happy 2017!

Steve Morgan is Founder and Editor-In-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures

Stayed tuned for our Q2 2017 newsletter, coming in late June 2017.