Because technology develops so rapidly, and “trends” are fast and furious, it is always hard to predict what the big issues will be for the next year. A year is a long time in the tech field. Just look at how fast ChatGPT became a sensation, with consumers and businesses falling quickly behind in analyzing the risks of its use.

I came across TechRadar’s cybersecurity predictions for 2024, and I think they are spot on (at least as far as we can predict a very long way off in the tech field). Take a look at the top seven predictions, and think about how these predictions, if they come true, can affect your personal and professional life. If you are a business owner, think about how the predictions, if true, would affect the operation of your business. Thinking ahead is key to looking at predictions– how would I respond if the prediction came true? This is the operative question. I am evaluating these predictions for my own personal and professional life, and I urge you to do the same.

Here is a snapshot of the seven predictions, but you should read the whole article.

  1. VPNs become even more relevant for consumers
  2. Bad actors keep using generative AI tools
  3. A step closer to a passwordless world
  4. Security providers to harvest the power of AI
  5. The internet becomes more and more regulated
  6. Internet shutdowns likely to rise
  7. Spread of quantum-resistant cryptography

These are big predictions, and some will come true, and others will fall behind, but whether or not they come true in 2024, they are current issues worthy of close consideration.

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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team, and chair’s the firm’s Data Privacy and Security Team. Linn focuses her practice on…

Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team, and chair’s the firm’s Data Privacy and Security Team. Linn focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal privacy and security laws and regulations. She counsels a range of public and private clients from industries such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine and charitable organizations, on state and federal data privacy and security investigations, as well as emergency data breach response and mitigation. Linn is an Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Cybersecurity at Brown University and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law.  Prior to joining the firm, Linn served as assistant attorney general and deputy chief of the Civil Division of the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Rhode Island. She earned her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law and her B.A., with honors, in American Studies from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Read her full rc.com bio here.