Cybersecurity is comprised of a broad set of tools, risk management approaches, technologies, training and best practices that protect networks, devices, programs and data from attack or unauthorized access. It’s an extremely dynamic field with an ever-expanding scope, and it offers exciting growth opportunities and intellectual challenges.

The world’s reliance on technology has resulted in the creation of massive amounts of digital data, with much of it stored and transmitted over network-connected computers. This data can be accessed by malicious actors who seek to cause financial, reputational or physical harm.

Security incidents impact organizations of all sizes and across industries, with consequences ranging from a disruption to a company’s operations to a loss of customer confidence and even legal liability. Despite these challenges, cybersecurity remains a relatively immature market compared to the scale of the threats it faces.

For example, according to a 2022 report from ThoughtLab, more material breaches occurred in surveyed companies in the past year than ever before. However, only 29% of CISOs and CIOs believe their organization is ready to respond to the threat landscape.

To combat these risks, many companies are turning to outcome-driven metrics that enable more effective governance over cybersecurity priorities and investments. These metrics help to ensure that resources are not being allocated to address specific types of attacks, such as ransomware or hacking, when a much broader range of potential threats could potentially be facing an organization. The best companies for investing in this space include Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks and CrowdStrike Holdings. Managed Detection and Response