The biggest companies collectively spend billions of dollars on cyberdefenses each year, but hackers still keep defeating them. Year by year, month by month cyber hackers are improving their tactics and techniques much more quickly than IT cyber security teams do. Their methods grow more sophisticated and advanced. What will 2018 bring? Take a look at the trends that define tomorrow's threat landscape.
I'm sure that in 2018 every IT businesses should place web security at the top of its priorities. Or go a step further, delegating it to an external cyber security team. Are you wondering why?
If you thought 2017 was dominated by security violations, just wait until 2018. Steve Durbin, managing director of the Information Security Forum, a global, independent information security body focused on the issue of security, says we will see attacks directed at the target’s weak spots or changed and adapted to penetrate defenses that have already been put in place. He also added:
These days, the stakes are higher than ever before. The scope and pace of cyber security threats are jeopardizing the veracity and reputation of today’s most reliable organizations, seriously affecting their image.
According to the ISF, these are top trends of the global security threats & problems that businesses are to face next year.
#1 The General Data Protection Regulation is Coming
EU legislative bodies have adopted the new GDPR on how companies are supposed to store, process and secure the date of EU citizens. As of May 25th , 2018, in case of any breaches, GDPR allows for a huge fine, of up to 20 million euro or 4% of the total worldwide annual turnover of the preceding financial year, to be imposed on any business found guilty of the breach. You should prepare for it and improve your security systems, as well as protect your consumers’ personal data.
#2 Beware of Adversarial Machine Learning
Machine learning can process huge amounts of data at scale to detect known blind-spot and zero-day attacks. But security hackers will certainly employ machine learning themselves to support their attacks. It can learn from the responses of the defense system, disrupt detection models, and exploit newly discovered vulnerabilities before defenders can even patch them. It is like the Cold War arms race.
#3 Crime as a Service? You're Welcome
You don’t need to be a technical genius to attack. According to predictions, in 2018, SaaS - or more like CaaS - can take you over. In the near future, Crime-as-a-Service will allow cybercriminals to buy tools and services that allow them to launch attacks which would otherwise be impossible.
#4 Beware of the Ransomware
You should pay more attention to the need to backup, update and improve your real-time defenses. According to an FBI report, more than 4K ransomware attacks have occurred every day since the beginning of 2016 and it has been a growing threat for a couple of years.
Following these simple rules could dramatically reduce the impact of ransomware. What to do?
- Install antivirus and anti-malware software.
- If you don’t know the source of attachments sent in an e-mail – don’t open them.
- Don’t click on any links sent in e-mails, close the message window immediately, and move directly to the website in your browser.
- Try to use the strongest passwords possible, and don’t use the same password for more than one account.
- Check if your system software and Internet browsers have the latest security updates, updated automatically.
- Follow these rules with every device you’re using. All smartphones, tablets, and Macs are equally prone to ransomware.
- Finally, create backup copies of your data.
#5 IoT – the Weakest Spot
More and more devices are inherently connected to the Internet, but, still, the Internet of Things is defenses’ major weak point. More often than not, these devices are not equipped with basic protection. This is exactly what botnets thrive on. They can be used for volumetric attacks, stolen data exfiltration, to define further vulnerabilities, or to launch brute force attacks. The biggest challenge of 2018? Ensure solid security of the IoT.
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