The major cybersecurity challenges that will be the trend for the rest of the year are already coming to light. This first quarter of the year has already shown us the way forward for hackers: misuse of Artificial Intelligence, violation of automobile systems… and more. . The severity and scope of cyber security crimes is becoming increasingly serious.
That is why it is imperative to know the challenges that are coming, so we can prevent and mitigate any damage.
The 2020 trends lean towards 5 main aspects:
Artificial intelligence and its illegitimate use
Artificial intelligence today is shaping up to be the future of cyberattacks. More and more programs are using AI in some way in their code. And more and more hackers study them and learn to manipulate them. Also, the investment of resources for its advancement and study is moderate. This gives hackers the freedom to experiment as much as the official developers.
Hackers, phishers and crackers fight against cybersecurity experts, whose job is to address threats before they cause harm. Just as AI can learn and detect patterns of coincidence, it can also adapt to disguise behavior and trick defenses. This development of offensive and defensive capabilities will become an increasing theme this year. Above all, as AI systems become more complex, they will become more available and easier to implement.
But not everything is a bad omen. The available technology is also improving and by leaps and bounds. A clear example are deep learning algorithms, system automation, and biometric identity protection
2.- Political and economic divisions lead to greater cybersecurity threats
The Internet is an organization without borders. Its architects understood the importance of international cooperation. Yet and currently, this unification of the internet is an illusion. The corporations, networks, and associations that provide the infrastructure are legal. Thus, they’re obliged to follow national laws and regulations.
The trade war between the world’s superpowers over technology makes nations economic competitors. And we can already see the consequences of this issue. Russia, for example, announced the creation of a ‘disconnected’ internet. It’s supposed to work as an alternative to the Internet across the country. This would give them control over what kind of sites and content citizens can access on the web. Countries like Iran and China already censor content and access to external information.
With more barriers, this could prevent international cooperation on technological challenges and cybersecurity. Not only at the government level; but also at the regulatory level, and that only benefits attackers.
3.- Vehicle hacking and data theft
Criminals have learned to take advantage of private networks as smart appliances and devices. Because they are interconnected and lack security standards, they become gateways to people’ homes. The large-scale collection and resale of this data on the black market is very lucrative for cybercriminals.
An example of a weak spot is modern cars. Many of them are equipped with a variety of technologies such as GPS, sensors and communication platforms. As a result, the car has become the preferred access for hackers because of the amount of data they collect and store. This makes them a profitable target for hackers and data thieves. Soon, attackers will have the option of targeting the vehicles themselves and using them to access email accounts. From there it’s just one step to our information and services in the cloud where our data is sent and analyzed.
Another threat is that hackers could compromise the digital controls and security features of the vehicles. Smart car hijacking and its controls is a threat that the automobile industry and policy makers take seriously. It is likely that, throughout 2020, we will see more debate about the safety of autonomous vehicles.
4.- The shortage of professionals having cyber security skills
The number of cybersecurity professionals has increased, but not enough. This deficit of digital security experts is likely to become a growing problem not only this year but during the first part of the decade. According to a report by the firm (ISC)² the number of vacant cybersecurity professional positions is now 4.07 million, up from 2.93 million this time last year. If the problem persists, the threats we face today will only become more intense.
5.- Monetary losses
The current average cost for a US company experiencing a data breach is $ 8.19 million. On organizations with automated defenses, the cost falls to $ 2.6 million. Implementing mature defenses requires access to a trained and experienced cybersecurity workforce. Something likely to become challenging in the coming years.
All this shows how important it is for your company to be aware of its vulnerabilities. You do not know when you will be able to enter the exploit chain and receive an attack that seeks to reduce your assets. Also, the protection of your assets will always be as strong as much as you are willing to invest.
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