Cybersecurity is experiencing tremendous growth as an industry and is affecting people and businesses using technology. With the dawn of digital information technologies comes new and diverse opportunities in our lives and at our jobs. Cutting-edge technologies have transformed the information society into a vibrant cyber- physical- natural ecosystem.

However, these same technologies are being used by adversaries in a variety of attacks and exploitations. Just as technology keeps changing at a tremendous rate, threats are evolving just as fast – with cybercriminals finding new and creative ways to exploit users and technology.

A major theme in 2015 cybersecurity is encryption. According to t James Lyne, Global Head of Security Research at Sophos, it will become standard this year. With the growing awareness of security and privacy concerns due to revelations of intelligence agency spying and newsworthy data breaches, encryption is finally becoming more of a default across the board.

Another major theme is the fact that major flaws in widely-used software has escaped notice by the security industry over the past 15 years. This year saw a number of effective bugs outside the standard Microsoft platforms that many in the security industry typically have their eyes on.