From reactive network security capabilities we moved to developing predictive capabilities and now we are now able to achieve prescriptive security capability, intervening autonomously or flagging up issues to assist human decisions.
SC's Roi Perez sifts through a mountain of predictions for cyber-security in 2017 to pick out recurrent trends, specific predictions and warnings as to where we need to prioritise our defences in the year ahead.
You couldn't miss Cyber Security this year as it was all over the mainstream media in an explosion of hacks and breaches, but if you did have your eyes and ears closed, In Case You Missed It 2016's highlights and lowlights revisits the most read stories published by SC in the UK.
Whether we like it or not, things are going to change in 2017. Not everything will be for the better, so we have to simply accept that we are in a cyber-arms race with our adversaries, and do our damndest to stay one step ahead.
Following the huge number of data lapses, last year will be remembered as the 'year of the breach' says Paul McEvatt who advises that we prepare for more frequent and diverse attacks in the year ahead.
The global cloud Identity and Access Management (IAM) market will be worth annual revenue of $2.8 billion (£1.9B) worldwide by the year 2020.
Oscar Arean predicts that 2016 will be the year that IT managers finally start to see more buy-in from the rest of the business when it comes to cyber-security.
Industry predictions for cyber-security are unlikely to achieve a consensus, but they do provide plenty of insights and recurring themes that serve as indicators of future trends, as the following edited forecasts reported by Tony Morbin demonstrate
Generation Z, the internet generation, brings its own devices, but also its own apps and approach into the enterprise; Diana Wong explains how we must adapt our security to recognise and cater for this change.
Simon Moor, UK regional director for Check Point gives his security predictions for the coming year, featuring Scada, IoT and wearable attacks increasing but most problems still due to software vulnerabilities unpatched.
In seven years the information security industry will see more cloud delivery and no central IT.