2018 was a year that brought major breaches pretty much every week. So, in May, GDPR came into force as necessary means in protecting companies and their clients.
Cyber security is still an important issue that troubles business world. As it seems, businesses will need to invest more resources and energy, if they wish to stay cyber safe.
So, what can we expect to see in 2019?
1. Consumer Devices –> A Never-Ending Target
Ransomware is a known threat for companies and businesses of all types. While this trend will continue, experts believe that in 2019, there will be more and more attacks on different consumer devices.
Attackers might even target the smart TV in a house via a ransomware attack that would require a user to pay a fee to unlock it.
2. Attackers Will Become Much Smarter
Cyber criminals have seen the potential in Dark Web and they will continue exploring it even more than before. Every day, they are working hard on trying out new and more sophisticated ways of performing attacks and not getting caught.
In 2018, we have seen the beginning of a better organized cyber-crime. Attackers communicated with each other, while turning hacking tools into software-as-a-service.
With the development and implementation of AI technology, it is only a matter of time when cyber criminals will user the same technology for their malicious purposes.
3. New Job Titles Will Appear?
Many experts believe that we will soon see new job titles appearing in the companies. One of them is CCO (Chief Cybercrime Officer), whose responsibility is going to be protecting computer systems from attacks.
Employees with this title would ensure that a company/organization is ready for different types of cyber threats. They would be responsible for preventing attacks but also also take the lead if a breach did occur. They would provide a robust connection between the board and the rest of the company.
4. Continuing Cyber-Attacks Against E-Commerce Websites
In 2018, we saw waves of cyber-attacks against e-commerce websites. These attacks will continue in 2019 as well. Organized crime is going to target poorly configured and poorly secured web sites to collect customer credentials and payment card details.
5. Bigger Interest in Mobile Phones
The mobile phone will play an even greater role in our lives. It is becoming a key authentication and payment mechanism. Often, we use our phones more than desktops. We use it to check emails, for online transaction, for watching TV-shows, playing games…
Therefore, we can expect from cyber criminals a bigger interest in developing more enhanced and smarter ways of blocking our mobile devices and stealing our private data.
6. Cyber Warfare
Countries will continue to invest in attack infrastructure as they have over the past few years. The most recent US intelligence data suggests that 33 countries in the world now have cyber-attack capabilities. This is an increase compared to 2012, when there were only 12 of such countries.
It seems that cyber forces and commands have become an integral part of any nation’s armed forces, together with their intelligence apparatus.