Annual poll: single biggest security threat of the year

What will be the single biggest security threat of 2020?

Our annual poll to find out what security professionals think the single biggest security threat of the year will be.

After a brief hiatus, IDG Connect's annual survey to discover the biggest upcoming security threat is back. We asked security professionals a simple question: what will be the single biggest security threat of 2020? Responses varied from a single sentence to multiple paragraphs, and naturally, many individuals highlighted problems that related to their own industry or solution. Some respondents offered more than one response, where possible these have been split by theme.

Out of 64 usable responses, people problems (19) were once again the primary cause for concern, with human error and insider threats featuring alongside other people-related issues such as a lack of understanding of security risks, and—related—the cybersecurity skills gap.

Our 2018 survey saw a strong leaning towards ransomware which came in at second place, this year it dropped to fourth behind targeted attacks and artificial intelligence, which one of our respondents pointed out would enable attackers to "carry out much more sophisticated and targeted attacks at scale."

All 64 usable responses have been cut down to a single sentence, grouped into the following sections:

  1. People (14)
  2. Targeted attacks (9)
  3. Artificial intelligence (7)
  4. Ransomware (5)
  5. Phishing (5)
  6. Other suggestions (24)


Results of previous polls can be found here:

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