As we move deeper into the new year, as always, there are quite a few lessons that we can learn from the past, as well as a few key things we should all know about the future of cybersecurity moving into 2019.
Although most people moved into the new year with a blank slate ahead of them, many people, especially those working in the IT or cybersecurity industries, are looking at 2019 as a future filled with more potential threats and cyber attacks than we’ve ever seen before.
So, with that in mind, we’ve put together the following article to take a look at the most important things to know about cybersecurity in 2019.
Multi-Factor Authentication Will Become More Popular
As an increasing number of people learn the true value of their personal data, security measures, such as using multi-factor authentication, are only going to continue to grow in popularity. In fact, according to experts, this is said to be because of the increased collaboration between online businesses and telecommunication network operators.
In fact, according to Stacy Stubblefield, co-founder of TeleSign, porting fraud and SIM swap fraud, which are when an attacker takes over a phone number in order to intercept a one-time password, are becoming more prevalent than ever before.
Therefore, both online businesses and mobile network operators have no choice but to work together, which is only going to boost the adoption rate of security features such as multi-factor authentication.
The VPN Industry Set to Boom
VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, protect internet users’ privacy by allowing their data to travel through an encrypted tunnel before reaching its final destination on the world wide web. This means that using a VPN prevents hackers and criminals from being able to see or read any of your online activity.
And today, with how important it is for people to remain safe and secure while browsing the internet, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see the VPN industry start booming in 2019. In fact, we’re already seeing hundreds of thousands of people around the world using VPNs to ensure that they are safe and protected while online.
Interested in learning more about the VPN industry? Read more here.
The Internet of Things Will Continue to Cause Problems
Although the Internet of Things has brought much convenience into our daily lives, in 2019, we should expect it to continue to be a major vulnerability and a huge source of frustration for both consumers and big businesses alike.
According to Guy Rosefelt of NSFocus, devices such as routers and home security cameras are expected to remain popular targets for hackers and other types of cybercriminals. Elsewhere, Gary McGraw of Synopsys believes that the internet of things is a cybersecurity disaster that’s just waiting to happen.
Cyber Attacks by AI Are Becoming Real Possibilities
Today, artificial intelligence, or AI, has already become intertwined into our daily lives. Therefore, it’s only natural to expect that cybercriminals will eventually try to use it for their own benefit.
Jason Hart, CTO at Gemalto, believes that AI cyberattacks are a very real threat in the near future, stating that by “creating a new breed of AI-powered malware, hackers will infect an organization’s system using the malware and be able to sit undetected while gathering information about user behavior and the network.”
Hart believes that AI-powered malware will be able to adapt to its surroundings to remain undetected until it is ready to unleash a targeted attack to take companies down from the inside out.
Phishing Attacks Will Become More Personal
Today, account takeovers remain one of the biggest threats to cybersecurity in pretty much every industry. According to Asaf Cidon, “Attackers are moving away from the relatively standard phishing emails.”
This is because criminals are realizing that going after specific executive accounts is far more lucrative than targeting a more generic audience. Cidon believes that attackers are going to start tailoring their phishing campaigns at specific individuals in 2019.
In other words, for hackers and criminals, it’s becoming quality over quantity.
Data Regulations to Become More Widespread
The GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, is a piece of European legislation passed in May 2018, which sets out to protect the privacy and data security of all European citizens. The act has been welcomed by many and in 2019, we’re expected to see similar regulations being enacted in countries around the world.
In fact, the California Consumer Privacy Act 2018 is set to be the foundation for similar regulatory legislation in the United States. Whereas, we’re also seeing other countries such as Canada and Brazil taking similar preventative measures.
Therefore, as we continue to see the positive impact that the GDPR has brought about, we should also expect to see more data regulations popping up everywhere around the world.