Juli 20, 2022

The Evolution of Cybersecurity

Joanna Crossley

As we look at the ever-increasing, technology-dependent cyber environment that impacts us all, one thing is clear – cyber-attacks are increasing year on year and are not going away any time soon.

Gartner’s Senior Director Analyst Richard Addiscott when presenting their 8 predictions for the future of cybersecurity 2022-2023 exclaimed:

We can’t fall into old habits and try to treat everything the same as we did in the past, most security and risk leaders now recognize that major disruption is only one crisis away. "

We can’t control it, but we can evolve our thinking, our philosophy, our program and our architecture.”

Is it time that we rethink the detection-based defenses that we have all relied on for so long? However, before we look too far into the future, we must first take a look back at where it all began.


…Catch me if you can.

The first worm, the creeper was created as a practical joke that Bob Thomas played on his colleague Ray Tomlinson. The created code took over Ray’s ARPANET computer and displayed a simple message, “I am the creeper: Catch me if you can!


In response, Ray Tomlinson created a code that not only moved from computer to computer but could duplicate itself as it travelled. Scouring the network to find and remove the Creeper worm.

This code was aptly named the Reaper and was the first ever attempt at cybersecurity.


From the birth of the very first computer, to home computers, the internet, emails, smart phones to AI, the landscape of technology has evolved at a breakneck pace but just how much has our approach to cybersecurity progressed from its inception?

In our new eBook “The Evolution of Cybersecurity” we examine the technologies of our past to look to solve the threats of the future.

Joanna Crossley

Joanna Crossley joined Forcepoint as a part of the Deep Secure acquisition in 2021, Joanna works with the Global Governments team specialising in demand generation and social strategy.

Joanna is based in the United Kingdom.

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