A report on the state of cybersecurity – an ever-shifting field – going into 2021. This is a field that has basic password protection at one end and classified government operations at the other We highlight notable incidents and trends from the last decade (plus the microcosm of 2020’s disruption) and the lessons they have taught businesses and governments. We cover current western cybersecurity policies and examine what changes politicians and cyber professionals are recommending to improve digital security efforts against a range of threats. The pace of innovation continues to accelerate; increasingly it’s decided that the systems enabling our lives and lifestyles can and should be improved by connecting more of them to the internet. The human factor meanwhile presents countless unpredictable elements on its own.