I've always hated security 'predictions'; they range from scientific guesses to self-serving marketing drivel, trending mostly towards the latter. But they do serve a purpose when done right, in that they draw attention to the trends currently happening and how they might play out in the future. Given that there's been more focus on the field of computer security in 2015 than in any year before, it's probably not a bad idea to look at how some of the most important trends of 2015 are going to play out in the coming year.
It's not a prediction, but rather a statement of fact to say that computer security is only going to become more important in the coming year and gain even more public attention. We are at the start of a wave of changes that no one can accurately predict. Security professionals around the globe have lamented for years that business leaders haven't paid enough attention to our advice, but that's changing rapidly and caught many people off-guard. One of the things we need to be able to do is to understand some of the trends of today and where they might lead to tomorrow. Which is why predictions can actually be valuable, if taken with a grain (or perhaps a block) of salt.
So here is my view on how the top 5 security trends of 2015 will develop in 2016.