I\u2019m about to leave New England and brave temperatures of 110 degrees or above.\u00a0 It may sound crazy, but I\u2019m actually looking forward to the trip next week.\u00a0 Why?\u00a0 I\u2019m heading to Black Hat USA in Las Vegas, and I\u2019m excited to learn more about:Artificial intelligence in cybersecurity. I am hosting a panel at the CISO Summit titled, The Real Impact of AI on Cybersecurity.\u00a0 As part of this panel discussion, we will cut through the industry hype around AI\/ML and talk about how real enterprise organizations are using and benefiting from the technology.\u00a0 It should be a fruitful and enlightening discussion.The clouding of enterprise security. ESG research indicates that 85% of organizations use public cloud services today, up from 78% in 2017 and 75% in 2016.\u00a0 As more and more workloads move to the cloud, cybersecurity controls and operations tools must come along for the ride.\u00a0 This will lead to a radical shift where cloud security dominates the overall cybersecurity strategy, forcing organizations to re-think how security is managed across the enterprise.\u00a0 Although this trend is in a genesis phase today, I can\u2019t overstate how big a transition this is.\u00a0 I\u2019m curious to hear how the industry and enterprise organizations are reacting and planning.The new security perimeters. As I\u2019ve written many times, CISOs tell me that they are losing control of their infrastructure, driven by cloud computing and mobility.\u00a0 As countermeasures to these trends, many organizations are doubling down on \u2018new\u2019 security perimeters: Data security and identity management.\u00a0 This is one reason why Cisco announced its intent to acquire Duo Security just this morning.\u00a0 My colleague Doug Cahill and I will be monitoring data security and identity management through many discussions with CASB, DLP, and SDP vendors amongst others.\u00a0 We\u2019ll also be talking to security executives about topics like privacy and GDPR.\u00a0The platform wars. New ESG research reveals that 62% of organizations claim that they\u2019d be willing to spend the majority of their security technology budgets with a single enterprise-class cybersecurity vendor.\u00a0 So, rather than buying endpoint security software, network security appliances, and email and web security gateways and then cobbling things together themselves, enterprises will start buying comprehensive security platforms offering end-to-end coverage across endpoints, networks, data centers, and the public cloud.\u00a0 This will lead to fewer transactions but bigger potential deals with long sales cycles.\u00a0 How will vendors like Check Point, Cisco, FireEye, Fortinet, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec, and Trend Micro address changing market conditions?\u00a0 That\u2019s what we want to find out at Black Hat.Enterprise risk management. CISOs are also being asked to do a better job of reporting risk to corporate boards, so they can better understand how cyber-risks can impact the business.\u00a0 This means presenting cyber-risk status in a business context.\u00a0 Unfortunately, many CISOs complain that it\u2019s difficult to collect the right data on a continuous basis or turn geeky data points into useful business risk metrics.\u00a0 I\u2019ll look to the CISO summit and Black Hat at large to gain insight into how CISOs and industry players like BitSight, Kenna Security, Rapid7, RSA, and Tenable Networks that may help bridge this gap.\u00a0Aside from these technology topics, I\u2019m also curious about how organizations are coping with the perpetual cybersecurity skills shortage that I believe is getting worse over time.\u00a0 This means perusing the Black Hat menu for thoughtful sessions on training and skills development.\u00a0Finally, I\u2019ll be looking for more insight on critical infrastructure protection, a critical yet neglected topic in our industry.\u00a0 See you all in Las Vegas baby, yeah!