This past year was the year of the threat vector. With so many people now working remotely, the amount of infiltration points for potential bad actors multiplied. Phishing attacks intensified as employees became married to email and communication platforms. And ransomware knocked companies across the world offline with devastating consequences.

But even with that backdrop, there’s hope for the cyber future. Both federal and state governments focused on cybersecurity as a cornerstone for the future, providing more resources for cybersecurity professionals to fight back. More business leaders saw the damage cyber attacks can bring, leading to increased attention (and funds) paid to their organizations’ cyber issues. And employees themselves began to take cyber issues more seriously, with training and awareness about phishing and other social engineering attempts on the rise.