The Evolution of Cybersecurity: 30 Years of Protecting Businesses

As humanity evolves, technology changes right along with it. For 30 years, Stratti has been at the forefront of emerging IT and cybersecurity, ensuring your business is in line with current security protocols and equipped to perform in an increasingly digital world. 

Let’s take a look back over the last 30 years of cybersecurity to learn more about how IT has changed over time—and where cybersecurity has taken us today. Like your favorite pair of acid-wash jeans or trusty Walkman, what’s old always eventually becomes new again. It’s important to learn from the past to prepare for the future and keep your company safe in the ever-changing digital landscape.

Cybersecurity Over the Last 30ish Years

  1. World Wide Web Launched to Public (1991) – The birth of the World Wide Web software gave the public the code information to create their own websites. Soon after, browsers like Mosaic and Netscape Navigator made it easy to search for and view content from many different websites. 
  2. Pioneering Antivirus Software (1987-1989) – Antivirus solutions like McAfee, GDATA, and ESET/NOD emerged to safeguard computers and preserve data integrity in the face of potential threats.
  3. Firewalls Defend Networks (1990s) – Firewalls became indispensable security guardians, filtering inbound and outbound traffic to maintain secure networks and systems.
  4. Secure Sockets Layer Encryption (1995) – SSL encryption established secure communication channels between web servers and browsers, ensuring the confidentiality of sensitive information.
  5. Rise of Home Internet Connections (1990s) – As internet access became commonplace in households, cybersecurity measures such as antivirus software, encryption technologies, and promoting awareness campaigns and security regulations grew in tandem.
  6. Two-Factor Authentication Enhanced Security (2000s) – 2FA added an extra layer of protection, requiring users to provide additional verification beyond their password, fortifying accounts against cybercriminals.
  7. Advanced Persistent Threats Rise (2000s) – As cybercriminals employed sophisticated, targeted attacks, businesses responded by adopting advanced security measures to protect their valuable assets, including intrusion detection, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions, endpoint protection, threat intelligence, and incident response plans.
  8. Ransomware Era Resilience (2010s) – Ransomware attacks prompted businesses to bolster their cybersecurity defenses, safeguarding data and ensuring continuity.
  9. Endpoint Detection and Response  (2013) – EDR quickly became a way to monitor and block cyberthreats trying to attack physical devices attached to the internet, such as computers and smartphones. Managed Threat Protection (MTR) brought an additional layer of endpoint security with the human help of Managed IT services.
  10. Introduction of AI-Driven Cybersecurity Tools (2020s) – The rise of AI-powered technologies like ChatGPT has not only enhanced communication, but also plays a significant role in blocking hackers, making them valuable cybersecurity assets. As these tools evolve, they are increasingly being leveraged to detect and prevent cyber threats. It’s important to note, however, cybercriminals can exploit these tools as well, making it essential to have an expert partner to guide you in effectively and securely deploying these resources.

As we celebrate Stratti’s 30th anniversary, our commitment to staying ahead of the curve, adapting to the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape, and providing the best possible protection for our clients remains stronger than ever. By partnering with Stratti, you can trust we’ll keep your team productive and your network secure for the next 30 years and beyond. Visit or give us a call: (530) 342-8999.