March 21, 2019 at 06:30 #2216
Cybersecurity is crucial to any organization, and the landscape is always evolving. Ensuring vigilance is usually a game of whack-a-mole or cat and mouse. You must know your enemy, but that is not an easy task in this fast-paced world. There was a number of high-profile ransomware attacks and data breaches that rocked the corporate world last year. The amount of data stolen by cybercriminals could rise over the next few years. Couple this with the uncertainties in the global economy and the year ahead seems challenging for cybersecurity professionals.
The following are the cybersecurity trends that I believe will impact organizations of all sizes and cybersecurity professionals:
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requires all businesses operating in the EU to protect personal data and privacy of EU citizens. Non-compliance penalties are huge, and GDPR takes a broad view of what personal data is, making this a potentially burdensome activity. To ensure compliance most organizations will have to adapt their procedures. Most of the organizations are, however, likely to be caught up and hence fined for non-compliance. Enterprises operating solely in the U.S. should adopt a proactive approach to data privacy. Will 2019 be the year we witness the adoption of comprehensive federal privacy law in the United States?
User Access Rights
Managing user privileges effectively is one of the keystones of a strong security profile. Granting users unnecessary system privileges or data access rights can lead to deliberate or accidental data misuse exposing the system to external attacks. Identify and Access Management (IAM) systems lead the way in countering this risk. IAM systems enable administrators to monitor and assess access to ensure compliance with corporate protocols and government regulations. Many solutions in this area are still new but are already proving valuable. More are expected to join their ranks this year.
Migration of computing solutions and service to the cloud has had numerous benefits to the enterprise. This has, however, opened up new areas of risk. There is a global shortage of cybersecurity skills, and a rising generation of cybercriminals are excitedly probing cloud-based services for vulnerabilities. Most organizations remain uncertain of the extent they are responsible for securing data. A breach in the protocol can comprise even the best system. There is a need to redefine cloud security and get proactive. Also, the demand for cybersecurity skills will continue to rise.
Ransomware and Cryptojacking
Although ransomware is declining, it has been replaced by cryptojacking to some extent. Cryptojacking is the hijacking of a computer to mine cryptocurrency. It uses similar tactics to ransomware but requires low-level expertise. Estimating the actual scale of the problem may prove difficult since the malware works in the background without the knowledge of the user, but evidence suggests it is on the rise.
Although the random low-level ransomware attacks are on the decline, the high-profile attacks witnessed last year suggests that sophisticated targeted attacks will be a problem for a while. Expect increased targeted ransomware and cryptojacking in 2019.
March 21, 2019 at 10:52 #2228
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cloud security is an important topic more awareness need to be raised for individual and organizations!
amazing point keep it up.March 21, 2019 at 12:37 #2237
My sister has been facing network security issues in her organization. This information will be useful to her. Thanks a lot!March 24, 2019 at 21:08 #2339
Digital security is an area of which public opinion has always had a distorted perception: halfway between technology and science fiction. Hackers, ill-intentioned people, industrial spies, and enemy governments have always taken on different contours depending on who talks about it, and perhaps a bit of demystification must be done. Infrastructures and devices play their part, but it is the attitude of those who use them that makes the difference. Fear and ignorance of the information technology must give way to calm and awareness of the good practices that must be implemented when using it.
Hackers are the biggest threat to the Internet is the most dangerous false myth of all. Because to take it seriously, to give in to the fear of the unknown – of the hacker – you risk even more. There is a risk that governments, the same authorities that should defend us from danger, will end up increasing controls and sacrificing in the name of national security even trifles like freedom of expression and the net itself as we know it.
Also, to put the challenges ahead in perspective, sometimes it is enough to look back with a little historical sense. And if looking at the past, we will hardly find violated data centers and hired hackers, with a bit of imagination we can go as far as the privateers of the governments, who were opposed with measures that affected their target markets and the creation of international standards.March 28, 2019 at 20:37 #2468
It’s been featured on our medium : https://medium.com/@cybersecurecentral/top-trends-in-cyber-security-trends-for-the-year-ahead-6a5ccd3ef09dMarch 28, 2019 at 22:03 #2470
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