Well, if you must know, 2008 was a year of tectonic shifts in IT security. The technologies changed, the economy changed, and the role of security changed. Even the people who make the laws about security changed. You could hardly swing a dead server without hitting some major security-shifting event, and most of those events will continue to have repercussions throughout the new year.
If you need somebody to spell it out for you, Darkreading can do it!!!. Let's look more closely at the six words and what they meant for security in the past year on below given link.