Cybersecurity is a trending topic anymore. Here are the top trends you should watch out for throughout 2019. Image source here.

Yesteryear’s technological paradigms pale in comparison to the pace at which today’s digital world evolves. Things like AI, VR, and facial recognition weren’t thought of then, but now they’re embraced and rapidly improving. One of the areas that best exemplifies this is the arms race between cybercriminals and businesses. Daily we’re faced with the emergence of new cyber threats while old ones also continue mutating. This means we must consistently work on keeping our critical infrastructure updated. Fortunately, we have some experts who are willing to make predictions about trends that we’ll see so that we can prepare ourselves and our businesses to stand up to the challenge when they do arrive.

Old Breaches Will Gain new Light

Although it may seem like something new, there are records of cyber attackers accessing confidential information as far back as 2014 when they got into Marriott International’s guest reservation database. The problem is it takes about 100 days from the initial breach for evidence to be detected. The longer a breach exists, the more information thieves can steal, affecting an increased number of users. Of course, this also makes the breach costlier. Fortunately, with things like security orchestration, machine learning based advanced analytics, and automation (SOAR) technology the time of detection is decreasing. Many experts believe that in 2019 organizations will get better at identifying these breaches.

A Rise in Credential Theft

It is believed that we’ll continue to see the number of breaches soar throughout 2019. It’s debatable whether this is caused by information being passed on to third parties, highly targeted phishing campaigns, or machine learning and AI being deployed by cybercriminals. One thing is for sure, we must take advanced identity-security approaches.

Free Services Won’t Protect Your Privacy

Unfortunately, many consumers falsely assume that they’re sharing private information with free online services and apps. However, these services and apps actually sell this information for their own financial gain. Scandals involving both Facebook and Cambridge Analytics made this quite clear as both sold large amounts of their users’ information to third parties. This is something that needs to change so that users are protected in 2019.

Continued Rise in Concern Regarding Privacy

There are a growing number of court cases about how cyber criminals have accessed personal devices without a warrant. This has brought issues like biometrics, passwords, and passcodes to the forefront. In 2019 it’ll be important to address questions about whether consumers are legally obligated to provide anyone with this type of information so they can access their devices.

Machine Learning Turns into a Weapon

Machine learning is growing in popularity today. Many people believe that over the next couple of years this will become the next attack vector. This is something that security experts can’t ignore because people and businesses are growing increasingly reliant upon these intelligence platforms. When attackers are able to find a way to inject misleading indicators or other types of confusion into the information pools that are used by these machines to make decisions, it’s possible for them to remain hidden and do a lot of harm.

Return of Network Threat Detection

Companies will deploy real-time threat detection to overcome cybersecurity threats. This is important because IoT is exploding on the scene and at the same time there’s a growing interest and drive for organizations to adopt a BYOD policy. Threat detection is the only way businesses can ensure that their behavior related data is kept safe since endpoint technology is unable to offer this type of visibility.

Cloud-Based Security Platforms

IT News Africa believes that these security providers will also start gaining traction in this year’s security market. This is appealing in the same way that other cloud-based services are also appealing (e.g. being platform-delivered, flexible, scalable). Since open APIs are used to build them, a security team can easily integrate technologies into the platform so they’re able to turn certain services on and off based on what they need at any one given point in time.

In today’s hybrid-cloud era this is especially important because cloud services are known to present security challenges. Many times, IT professionals don’t even notice when things turn on or new connections are made. However, cloud-based security is both flexible and scalable enough to provide them with additional visibility to keep up with these things and ensure that the entire network is kept safe.

Another great benefit of cloud-based security is that it allows for greater automation and orchestration. Now that runbooks (compilations of routine operations that are expected to be carried out by an administrator) exist, there’s now a knowledge base available to help your IT team see what, when, and how they should respond to any new or unusually connections or cybersecurity issues. They can also have automated responses where appropriate. For instance, they can leverage machines to scan for any changes in the environment then gather and build intelligence back into your platform and its runbook. These machines can also act when they encounter a clear threat.

Continual Risk Profiling is Key

New security policies are continually being implemented by standards groups, governments, and industries. They’ve created things like the Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) scheme in Australia and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe which have created greater pressure on organizations to remain in compliance with security protocols. Throughout 2019 we’ll see governance and compliance playing an even bigger role in managing risk profiles. For instance, when a new application or technology is deployed, risk management will be a necessary part of the decision-making process.

When your security operations’ regulations lag behind your criminals’ strategies, things will grow needlessly more complicated. Since criminals continually create new ways to attack your business, you must find a way to adapt and make sure your IT operations are compliant. All this while you also manage your daily operations and find better ways to support and grow your business. This is why the job of your chief information security officer (CISO) is so difficult and challenging. They must balance your IT concerns regarding regulatory compliance. It’s also why we’re now seeing the CISO role split into two – the chief information security officer and the chief risk officer.

By Evan Morris

Author Bio : Known for his boundless energy and enthusiasm. Evan works as a Freelance Network Analyst, an avid blog writer, particularly around technology, cyber security, and forthcoming threats which can compromise sensitive data, with a vast experience of ethical hacking.

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