NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Research firm Forrester is predicting that the next U.S. president will be dealing with a major cyber security issue within his or her first 100 days in office. In the ever-expanding digital age, protection against cyber threats is increasingly on people's minds and has played a key role in this election. Each year Forrester puts out a list of the next year's top cyber security risks.
"For 2016 they predicted that cyber security would play a major role in the U.S. presidential election, which it certainly has. They also said that a breach would also force the resignation of two CEOs," CNBC's Deirdre Bosa reported on "Power Lunch" Tuesday afternoon.
No notable CEOs were forced to step down in 2016, but data hacks did pressure Iceland's prime minister to leave office as well as DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Forrester expects a cyber attack to occur just over three months into the first term of our next president. Bosa spoke to one of the authors of the Forrester report who told her that the attack could come from either within the U.S. or externally.
"Now he says that those first 100 days in office are particularly precarious because that is the president's new initiation period. An indication of how their four-year term will unfold," Bosa continued.
As far as which presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton (D) or Donald Trump (R), would be better equipped to handle this threat, it doesn't matter, at least according to a lawyer practicing in the area of cyber security that Bosa spoke with. It doesn't matter because of the frequency and increasingly challenging ways attacks are carried out; no candidate would be able to prepare totally.