Gartner Research

Protect and Serve the Individual in the 2020 'Controlling Parent' Scenario

Published: 16 October 2013

ID: G00258390

Analyst(s): Richard Hunter


In Gartner's Controlling Parent scenario, individuals are the focus of malicious actors and of regulation. Strategic planning leaders — including CIOs and CISOs — should plan and budget for deeper technology and service protections for customers, citizens, executives and employees.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • What Does the "Controlling Parent" Scenario Look Like?
  • Security and Risk Scenarios, 2020
  • Watch for Leading Indicators for the Controlling Parent Scenario

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Individuals — customers, employees and company leaders — will become primary targets for malicious actors and for regulation aimed at reducing vulnerabilities to threats, which will increase CIO and CISO duties
  • Internet use will be regulated at the individual level, meaning that individual users will be subject to a range of new constraints and responsibilities, requiring class-specific responses from application development, IT operations and security teams
  • Application development leaders and other providers of IT products and services will take on new responsibilities for ensuring the safety of their offerings, as there will be no relaxation of enterprise regulations

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