What (if anything!) makes you feel optimistic for the future of cybersec?

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CTO in Software, 11 - 50 employees
I believe the macroeconomic conditions and related pullback in VC funding in the cybersecurity sector will cause startups and established vendors to focus more on quality solutions instead of buzzword-bingo quantity.

Combined with this, I feel that the concept of Zero Trust is now better understood and *real* security problems will be mitigated by proper deployment of ZT principles, tools and platforms.
Director of IT in Healthcare and Biotech, 11 - 50 employees
I feel like it seems to finally getting the attention it deserves at the top levels of management which is translating to demand, which I hope translates to improvements.  I think it will always be a bit of a "whack-a-mole" exercise, but I know when people in the C-suite are asking, it means we can get more done.
VP, Actuarial Information Technology in Finance (non-banking), 5,001 - 10,000 employees
There is a lot of collaboration among security vendors which raises the bar for everyone.  These combined forces and best practices have put us in a much better place today than we were in the past.  This progress will continue to grow.
Director of IT in Finance (non-banking), 51 - 200 employees
It's become a mainstream topic leading to business heads and boards understanding the importance.  This leads to funds and resource allocations allowing IT to be able to take a stronger stance in their own cyber security measures.
Director Of Technology in Education, 51 - 200 employees
Cybersecurity has been a bit easier to get buy-in for due to work from home and the migration to the cloud.

When we were on campus (K-12 school) there was emphasis on paper.  Paper exams, paper homework submissions, etc.

Our digital transformation has our users move away from using a printer and focus on keeping the documents in digital format.

The faculty, staff, parents, and all but the youngest students understand the importance of keeping their school account safe (chats, emails, homework assignments, grades, etc).  Nobody wants others to be able to read their email or chat messages.

Having the discussion and formal lessons with students about digital citizenship opens the door to discuss cybersecurity and proper digital hygiene.
VP of IT in Software, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
It is getting significant investment and there are a large number of companies in this field. This will hopefully increase competition and innovation in this space.
Chief Medical Information Officer in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
It's getting much more attention and buy-in from leadership, especially with the shifted emphasis to remote work.
CTO in Services (non-Government), 51 - 200 employees
That is a tough question since the proliferation of attack vectors and rise of bitcoin and other altcoins providing an avenue to turn this sort of crime into a business not bound by distance or geography. Along with the increase in activity we've seen a commensurate increase in tools to lock down and monitor every nook and cranny of our increasingly complex information technology infrastructure, leading to cybersecurity roles requiring an increasing number of diverse skills and team size to cope. 
My optimism lies in the belief we are following a tried and tested path that technology often follows when going through a large change - this is where a complex problem arises, a wide range of tools are developed and deployed leading to a complex system to manage, then the industry learns which tools are valuable and which aren't before consolidation leads to a more manageable and effective tool suite.
In summary, we are in the darkest point of a tried and tested path where we should soon see a simplification and increase in effectiveness of tool evolve.
MSP & IT Director in Services (non-Government), 2 - 10 employees
It’s becoming more normal and every day more people are becoming aware of the need for cybersec. The vast amount of interest of people wanting to delve into this field relate to the fact that all around Cybersec is growing.   
CIO in Energy and Utilities, 501 - 1,000 employees
For many organizations in various industries, cyber security is top priority, similar to health and safety. With continuous technological developments that make systems and applications more resilient against cyber attack, I believe that cybersec will be handled at endpoints/end-user level, in much stronger way. Additionally more severe penalties would probably come.

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