What To Watch For In Cyber Security In 2020

What To Watch For In Cyber Security In 2020

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The world has become more interconnected than ever. Thanks to technological advances, computer systems and networks are getting more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. By evaluating recent cybersecurity developments, it’s possible to predict what’s likely to happen in the coming months. Here are some of the cybersecurity trends that you are likely to witness in 2020.


The Intensification Of The Cyber Cold War

In the past few years, Western and Eastern countries have been increasingly separating their technologies and intelligence. The current trade dispute between Chinese companies and the American government attests to this. As such, cyber-attacks will frequently be used as a front for proxy conflicts between smaller countries.

These conflicts will be funded by larger countries that want to extend and consolidate their influence on the global map. Likewise, critical utilities and infrastructure will continue being targets for cybercriminals. In 2020, nations will significantly strengthen cyber defenses around their most critical defenses.


Growth In The Use Of Biometric Security

In the recent past, there has been a remarkable uptake in the use of biometrics by organizations. They see this as an effective way of protecting their assets from unauthorized access. Even though biometric security has been in use for years, the technology has been improved significantly, something that has made it become more mainstream. Currently, the biometrics security industry is valued at $16.8 billion.

Cybersecurity experts consider biometrics to be secure because it requires the physical presence of the owner to allow access. Therefore, you should expect to see more organizations adopting biometric authentication in 2020.


Hackers Will Intensify Attacks On Supply Chains

Smart supply chains leverage IoT automation, big data management, and robotics to lower costs and increase efficiency. Typically, these supply chains represent virtual warehousing and other places where products are stored. Even though smart supply chains are efficient and dynamic, they are increasingly getting prone to cyber-attacks. In 2020, hackers will intensify attacks on smart supply chains.


Mobile Gadgets Will Become The Primary Phishing Vectors

The number of mobile users has increased tenfold in the past decade. Many people access the Internet via mobile devices than at any other time. Hackers are taking advantage of this to steal the private information of mobile phone users. In 2020, mobile phones will become the main phishing target for credential attacks.

Typical email security gateways work by blocking malicious URLs as well as potential phishing emails. Even though this helps to protect corporate emails from takeover attacks, it overlooks mobile attack vectors such as social media networks and personal email accounts. Hackers will look to take advantage of this by targeting mobile devices to perpetrate their crimes.


Integration Of Cyber Security With Data Science

Data analytics gives organizations a competitive edge. In the recent past, data scientists have been leveraging AI algorithms to combine different AI models. Nonetheless, AI models often rely on reliable algorithms, scalable computing, and quality data.

The cloud has also lifted computing constraints besides allowing companies to modernize rapidly. Sometimes, this raises ethical issues. In 2020, expect more companies to integrate data science with cybersecurity. To prevent breaches, companies will handle personal data more carefully and perceptively.


Ransomware Figures Will Skyrocket

In 2019, the cybersecurity sphere was characterized by colossal ransomware paid out to attackers. The situation is expected to get even worse in 2020. Ransomware will rise to crisis levels. You shouldn’t be surprised to witness the deployment of more potent malware by cybercriminals since they are increasingly partnering and consolidating the ecosystem. Also, ransomware operators will take encryption to a whole new level this year.


Security Protocols And Tools Moonlighting As Privacy Safeguards

It’s hard to point out tools that are explicitly designed for privacy. Nonetheless, there are several mechanisms for protecting consumer data. Organizations will keep leaning on current security tools to avert incidents that might jeopardize consumer data. Typically, data breaches tie privacy implications and security together. Therefore, expect to see regulators penalizing companies that fail to secure customer data.


A Growth In 5g Adoption

As 5G networks roll out, we will witness a growth in the use of IoT devices. This comes at a cost because it will increase the vulnerability of computer networks to multi-vector and large scale 5th gen cyber-attacks. Currently, IoT devices their related connection to clouds, and networks are the weak link in the cybersecurity chain.

The ever-growing amount of personal data that gets transmitted via these networks will increase the risk of breaches and theft. As such, cybersecurity experts will need to adopt a more holistic approach as far as IoT security is concerned. This involves combining new and traditional controls to secure the ever-growing connections.

Hardly does a day pass without a cyber-security incident getting reported. It’s essential to understand the risks that you face by regularly undertaking cyber-security audits. This will help you prepare for whatever might come your way.


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