Quartz had an excellent article summarizing the year in technology as being lackluster. It is pretty comprehensive for the industry in general.
Short of any significant technology or process breakthroughs, I suspect 2014 will be the same as 2013 which was the same as 2012.
- PCI/PHI will be leaked, likely in larger and larger quantities.
- There will continue to be a fear of ICS attacks, no one will fix anything.
- Hacktivists will continuing hacking and getting arrested. Overzealous prosecutors will continue to think the law is the solution. I don’t see Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Jeremy Hammond, or John Kirikou having any legal luck in 2014.
- I am optimistic that two-factor authentication and default SSL in the personal space will increase in popularity.
As far as a review of my year:
- I bought a Fitbit. It is interesting. I think it has caused me to increase my physical activity. I wish it could track more than just walking though.
- DerbyCon was my favorite conference for the second year in a row. DEF CON was great, but DerbyCon is the best.
- For personal development, I am trying to learn Python. I can modify existing code, but I really want to be able to write new code.
- Professionally, my Splunk deployment is a massive failure. I’m not blaming the product. I didn’t get the appropriate level of support to successfully implement the product. Hopefully the deployment can be recovered in 2014. I’ve also got a Nessus deployment on my plate for 2014.