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Top 6 Emerging Cybersecurity Trends for 2020
By Naomi Hodges, Cybersecurity Advisor at Surfshark
So, what are the trends going forward? And how will the digital landscape evolve over the next 12 months?
1.More Migration To Cloud Services
Cloud solutions will continue to become more available and affordable to smaller enterprises as well as large scale corporations.
Cloud services offer small to large businesses a one-stop solution to host and operate much of their IT infrastructure within a centralized environment via the internet. They abolish the need to rely on third-party vendors for software, applications, and storage; therefore, removing many of the pathways attackers would normally capitalize on.
2. Targeted Phishing Attacks
Malware, phishing, and ransomware are pretty much household terms. So what’s new? Expect more cunning and articulated cyber attacks as the rollout of IoT within continues, and a heavier reliance on smartphones means more pathways for bad actors to harvest and exploit sensitive data.
Considering how much intricate details of our lives are both stored and transmitted - even while we’re asleep – sure this provides the ideal breeding grounds for a more sophisticated - personalized –attack?
3. Implementation of Machine Learning And Automation
When human mistakes are concerned, we often turn technology to solve our woes. And with the advancement of A.I based security processes, we’ll continue to witness the development and adoption of automated machine learning solutions - taking cybersecurity to an unprecedented level.
If A.I can respond to an attack in fractions of a second compared to minutes, days, or months for a human analyst, it’s surely going to turn heads in corporate headquarters.
Consider how much AI can simplify the collection and dissemination of data, giving human analysts a clearer picture. It’s undoubtedly going to be taking centre stage with many security businesses flaunting new cutting-edge solutions.
4. More Awareness
With human error being a leading factor in data breaches, there’ll be bolder efforts to educate staff about potential threats.
Attacks can now be camouflaged and personalized towards individuals, corporations, governments; therefore, protecting oneself involves more than simply encrypting your internet traffic with a Windows VPN, or staying on the look-out for those deceptive emails.
5. More Accountability
As the heat gets turned up on data handlers to protect users’ privacy, so will the accountability factor. Any business which holds personal data about clients or customers are set to face increased pressure from compliance regulators, auditors, and further legal requirements.
The EU has already spearheaded the GDPR, so could various US states move in a similar direction?
6. Bigger Investments in Cybersecurity
As individual awareness grows, the demand for to facilitate a safer online environment is gaining new heights. Cybersecurity spending is most likely to be higher in banking and federal/central governmental as defenses are constantly being battered by the brute force of hackers.
With 2020 fast approaching, this is an optimal, and poignant, moment to reflect on how far we’ve come in our technological history, but also to embrace what’s appearing on the horizon. If the last ten years are anything to go by, then we’re set for an enthralling journey ahead.