2017 saw an increase in the number, sophistication and persistence of cyberattacks, just as our experts predicted. Not only do companies of all sizes face the possibility of financially catastrophic cyber aggression, the personal data of private citizens is increasingly targeted. Staying ahead of the curve is a matter of survival.
As the saying goes, “forewarned is forearmed". Every year, our leading security analysts and consultants at TüV Rheinland compile an overview of cybersecurity trends, pooling their resources and perspectives from around the globe. The 2018 report is a reliable resource for anyone interested in upcoming market developments and provides concrete advice on what to consider when planning new cybersecurity systems or revamping outdated ones. The following trends have been identified from our cybersecurity experts’ forecasts:
Trend 1: A rising global tide of cyber-regulation increasing the price of privacy: the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect on May 25, 2018. Its aim is to protect the data of EU citizens and non-compliance entails hefty penalties.
Trend 2: The Internet of Things (IoT) drives the convergence of safety, cybersecurity and data privacy: as more devices enter our homes, not only is our data at risk, but our health and safety are as well.
Trend 3: Operational Technology (OT) emerges as a frontline for cyberattacks: manufacturing plants, industrial systems and public infrastructure are particularly vulnerable.
Trend 4: With cyber defences in place, focus shifts to threat detection and response: attention is shifting from setting up defenses to shortening the time it takes to detect and respond to an attack; the longer the lag time the more damage is done.
Trend 5: Increasing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for cyberattacks and cyber defence: AI can speed up detection, streamline communication and provide a uniform approach to cybersecurity.
Trend 6: Certifications become necessary to inject trust into cybersecurity: organizations need to demonstrate their commitment to cybersecurity both in the public and private sectors.
Trend 7: Passwords being replaced by biometric authentication: passwords have proven risky, so facial, fingerprint and voice recognition are taking over.
Trend 8: Industries under siege: Healthcare, Finance, and Energy: these industries are the most lucrative and significant, whether hackers are motivated by money or ideology.
Learn more about the most significant trends in cybersecurity, how the scale and quality of cyberattacks are evolving, and what businesses and governments should do to protect themselves against cyberattacks.
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