Revealed: Cybersecurity Spending to Reach $223.7 Billion by 2024

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Revealed: Cybersecurity Spending to Reach $223.7 Billion by 2024
Revealed: Cybersecurity Spending to Reach $223.7 Billion by 2024

Cyber security revenues in 2018 were $160.2 billion and will jump an enormous $11.2 billion during 2019, as the focus moves to GDPR adherence and adherence to similar legislation. Growth slows to around $9.8 billion per annum after this but then spikes once again in 2023/4 as AI based Cybersecurity escalates, reaching $223.7 billion.

This means cybersecurity spending will rise faster than total IT budgets over the next five years. The European Union’s GDPR (General Data Protection Registrar) has set the agenda for legislation over data privacy and protection worldwide and that is generating a spike in spending on security measures that ensure compliance. This will continue to ripple around the world between 2019 and 2021.

Later in their forecast period an arms race will develop around AI and machine learning as major cybercriminal gangs and rogue nation states adopt these to launch increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, pushing spending on countermeasures.

These predictions are made in Riot’s new report “Privacy and state espionage tightens focus on security – Cybersecurity spending forecast to 2024” released today. This is a global forecast by geography and industry vertical, which also highlights differences in cybersecurity strategy and spending between major regions and sub-sectors.

North America is expected to continue to spend the most on security (27%), but both Europe (22%) and China (20%) which are rapidly accelerating their spend, with the rest of Asia following closely behind on 16%. North America is expected to lead on almost every market with the exceptions of Industrial and Automotive, where China leads, but only by a tiny margin.

North America is expected to continue to spend the most on security (27%), but both Europe (22%) and China (20%) which are rapidly accelerating their spend,
North America is expected to continue to spend the most on security (27%), but both Europe (22%) and China (20%) which are rapidly accelerating their spend

Because the US has been driving the eHealth revolution, it has invested sooner than other countries in associated security and that shows up clearly in the 2018 regional breakdown. That gap will remain over the forecast period but narrow as other regions catch up over eHealth.

By contrast in automotive China is emerging as a big spender on cybersecurity, driven by huge investment coupled by a strategy of focusing on safety in autonomous driving, contrasting with the country’s cavalier approach to consumer privacy. Automotive also stands out for having by far the fastest growth in spending on cybersecurity among the vertical sectors covered in the report.

The Riot report describes how cybersecurity threats will evolve over the next five years as monitoring and surveillance based on machine learning algorithms and other AI techniques become widely deployed. But this will have the affect of increasing rather than reducing demand for skilled cybersecurity personnel, because the developing arms race will require experts in what will effectively be a new form of war game.

Cybercriminals will not only attempt to cover their tracks to evade detection by surveillance systems, but will also attack these defenses directly, as is already happening to forensic watermarking systems in TV services.

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Hernaldo Turrillo is a writer and author specialised in innovation, AI, DLT, SMEs, trading, investing and new trends in technology and business. He has been working for ztudium group since 2017. He is the editor of openbusinesscouncil.org, tradersdna.com, hedgethink.com, and writes regularly for intelligenthq.com, socialmediacouncil.eu. Hernaldo was born in Spain and finally settled in London, United Kingdom, after a few years of personal growth. Hernaldo finished his Journalism bachelor degree in the University of Seville, Spain, and began working as reporter in the newspaper, Europa Sur, writing about Politics and Society. He also worked as community manager and marketing advisor in Los Barrios, Spain. Innovation, technology, politics and economy are his main interests, with special focus on new trends and ethical projects. He enjoys finding himself getting lost in words, explaining what he understands from the world and helping others. Besides a journalist, he is also a thinker and proactive in digital transformation strategies. Knowledge and ideas have no limits.