Continued uncertainty forces attention on securing relationships in 2022

In Forrester’s Predictions blog last year, our security team talked about 2021 as “the transition to a new normal.” It hasn’t quite worked out that way — as the Delta variant spread and lockdowns reappeared, employees who had flirted with heading back to the office found themselves joining remote meetings from home just like before. As we look forward to 2022, a theme emerges: securing relationships. Uncertainty has accelerated reliance on each other, and gaps in third-party relationships, collaboration, and trust will have outsized impacts on firms’ relationships with their colleagues, partners, and suppliers. 

For cybersecurity, here’s what we expect to see in 2022: 

Sixty percent of security incidents will result from issues with third parties. In 2020, 27.8% of organizations reported 20 or more supply chain disruptions, and executives have uttered the phrase “supply chain” over 3,000 times on S&P 500 earnings calls, compared to 2,100 times all of last year. A quick look at Google Trends reveals that searches for “supply chain” have peaked just in the last couple of weeks. With cyberattacks targeting smaller vendors and suppliers, third-party incidents will increase and SolarWinds-style headlines will plague firms that don’t invest in the risk management trifecta: people, process, and technology. 

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