By: Will Lin 07/21/21

CISO Survival Guide to Emerging Trends from the Startup Ecosystem

Today, Cisco Investments published the second edition of the CISO Survival Guide to Emerging Trends from the Startup Ecosystem. Connie and I were delighted to contribute on behalf of ForgePoint Capital, alongside Norwest Venture Partners and YL Ventures.

The security industry is rapidly evolving due to significant changes impacting the modern organization. For this report, we polled leading CISOs and deconstructed four major trends in cybersecurity, looking at critical use cases, spending patterns, and promising start-ups.

The four trends include:

  • SASE: While still early in its adoption, practically all respondents (98%) see clear benefits of SASE and are committed to directing future spend towards it.
  • Privacy and Compliance: Data access control is the top privacy concern for almost half (44%) of CISOs.
  • DevSecOps: Nearly all CISOs (93%) say bringing a governance focus into app development is a challenge.
  • Automation: Network asset management is ripe for automation as more than half of CISOs (60%) say network assets are more difficult to inventory than identity, application, endpoint or mobile assets.

It was a lot of fun hearing real-life experiences from CISOs and their recommendations for evaluating, implementing and investing in these four strategic areas. Thanks to Cisco for having us — we hope you enjoy the read.

About ForgePoint Capital

ForgePoint Capital is the premier cybersecurity venture fund investing in transformative companies protecting the digital world. The firm is one of the most prolific investors in early and growth stage cybersecurity companies with over 40 global cybersecurity investments. The team brings more than eight decades of company building, value creation experience and draws upon the largest network of trusted cybersecurity industry experts and customers to support entrepreneurs who are building great companies. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the firm partners with exceptional cybersecurity entrepreneurs worldwide. For more information, please visit or follow us @ForgePointCap.

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