The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Evolution of Cybersecurity Consultants

A significant take-away from my recent research on Cybersecurity consulting is how much the competitive market for providers changed in just one year.…

A significant take-away from my recent research on Cybersecurity consulting is how much the competitive market for providers changed in just one year. As a result of external mega-trends, consultants are rethinking their approach to cybersecurity consulting. Previously, consulting capabilities offered were driven mainly by regulatory requirements; which was followed by a shift to advanced threat detection as breaches became more common. During this time, the focus was on tools, and maturity, vulnerability and penetration assessments to prevent attacks. But the breathtaking onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, namely digital transformation, is a game-changer for consultants and clients as far as the overall approach and the capabilities needed to secure organizations’ environments. The World Economic Forum said that, “The Fourth is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace. The breadth and depth of these changes herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance.” 

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