2018 has brought good news on the subject of digital security. The integration of Artificial Intelligence with advanced vulnerability scanners, as well as the creation of new regulations for information security; have allowed organizations to improve their strategies for protecting digital assets to ensure their peace of mind and that of users.
However, this year also highlighted the emergence and development of new attack vectors with origins in the explosion of IoT, social networks, cloud services, and smartphones; which also makes 2018 a year of threat sophistication. Taking all these events into account, what are the experts’ predictions regarding trends in cybersecurity for 2019? Will it be a year of security challenges or, on the contrary; will it bring new tools to advance the war on cybercrime? Read on and learn all the details.
A summary of 2018 on the subject of cybersecurity
As we said, 2018 was a year with highs and lows in the subject of digital security. Many advances were made but some inconveniences also arose, such as, for example; cases of violations to the privacy of user data. Among the most relevant was the scandal involving the giant Facebook and the company Cambridge Analytica; which had as an indirect consequence the creation of the GDPR. A new regulation for the protection of data of users belonging to the European Union.
In this year also Ransomware was declared as the biggest digital threat of the present time and in addition, the vulnerability of the systems of the devices of the Internet of the things became even more evident. Cryptojacking was also the protagonist; attacking thousands of Bitcoin wallets of unsuspecting users.
The good news
As good news, we have that some leaders in the digital security market were able to leverage the reach of their solutions to offer organizations the opportunity to provide effective responses to growing threats. Among these solutions, we have Tenable.io which focuses on the Cyber-Exposure to cover the largest possible space of attack surfaces. There is also the reliable Nessus who now uses AI to detect threats in real time; and further, decrease its low false positive rate. As these 2018 events are so relevant; it is to be expected that we will continue to hear some predictions regarding them for the coming year.
6 Trends in Cybersecurity for 2019
#1 Greater vulnerability on the Internet of Things
The arrival of the 5G network (the first tests of which will be carried out next year) will increase the vulnerability of connected objects. By 2019, the number of objects that users interconnect in their homes and workplaces will increase significantly. As a result, security gaps will widen for cybercriminals who could use devices such as those that integrate voice recognition technology; to steal information and even conduct corporate espionage.
As a consequence, trends in cybersecurity will also lean toward implementing a zero-trust security policy.
#2 Data protection will continue to be a topic of interest
The volumes of data handled within the organization will continue to grow, this will lead companies to seek solutions that ensure total visibility of the information they manage and its protection. New local and international regulations will also be created to legislate on how companies manage the data they receive from their customers. As a result, and to ensure compliance with these new rules; we will see a growing demand from organizations for sustainable, data-driven incident management solutions throughout the entire data lifecycle.
#3 Execution of slower attacks
According to expert opinion, next year we will witness many weaker and slower attacks. This modus operandi will be motivated by the need for cybercriminals to go unnoticed; to steal as much information as possible. As a result, another trend in cybersecurity will be the adoption of bot management solutions to identify, categorize and respond to different types of bots.
This will keep companies alert and enable them to avoid credential-filling attacks, where criminals use stolen credentials to access user associated accounts.
#4 Greater confidence in the cloud
As part of the cybersecurity trends for 2019, we will see that companies will continue to make use of cloud computing services. This will include the acquisition of cloud security solutions that enable organizations to more dynamically and effectively manage and protect their digital assets.
#5 Inclination towards the cyber-resilience model
One of the other trends in cybersecurity; we will see organizations adopt a new approach in which security is no longer an issue that exclusively concerns the IT department. This model, based on cyber-resilience, aims to combine information security strategies with those of continuity management to generate secure systems by design. This will guarantee a reduction of downtimes in companies; as well as the creation of more effective incident response measures.
#6 Adaptation of the Zero Trust approach
Cloud services have created the need to develop new security systems that demand greater access requirements. In this context, and although for a long time virtual private networks (VPN) have been the backbone of authenticated remote access; the need to evolve and begin to use the principle of Zero Trust has arisen. Such a principle requires the system to store each application in a container; and demands also separate authentication for each one of them.
This type of approach will allow organizations to implement cybersecurity strategies better adapted to the demands of the digital age.
You already have some trends for this coming year. Now all you need to do to get off to a good start in 2019 is to integrate a leading solution into your company to boost your processes. Acquire the one that best suits your needs through GB Advisors’ team of experts. Contact us now. We are always available to provide you with the best tools in ITSM and ITsec.