5 Cybersecurity Trends for 2019
Cybersecurity shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, various organizations, engineers, and manufacturers are starting to realize they have a responsibility to mitigate various cyber threats, which could pose a threat to their organization, finances, and customers.
With cybercriminals becoming increasingly deceptive and intelligent, it is likely organizations and individuals will soon take steps to defend their devices, network, and data. Here are five cybersecurity trends for 2019.
- Greater Accountability
As data breaches are becoming increasingly common, it is likely many organizations will face legal action for their role in a hacking. Following the introduction of GDPR, greater accountability will be placed on companies to prevent a breach and defend their network, hardware, and data from a cyber attack. In fact, it’s expected the US will follow in the European Union’s footsteps by imposing legal and financial penalties against those who breach consumer data.
- Hardware Attack Prevention
Accidental design flaws in hardware can lead to a serious cyber attack, as a hacker could potentially incorporate a malicious circuit during the design phase to later launch a hardware attack. Greater pressure will more than likely be placed on electronic engineers to test a hardware’s printed circuit board designs and confirm the best practice of a component placement, which will ensure it performs as expected.
- The Management of IoT Devices
With many people owning a variety of mobile devices, it is becoming a difficult challenge for companies to reduce their cybersecurity risks. As many internet of things (IoT) devices may feature next to no built-in security, companies will need to protect their network via multiple endpoints. To take control of the growing problem, it is likely more enterprises will introduce clear security protocols for both managed and unmanaged devices in the workplace.
- Increased Cybersecurity Awareness Training
Human error can pose the biggest threat to an organization’s cybersecurity. Even if a company has implemented the finest IT security system onto their network, they could still be vulnerable to a data breach if an employee clicks on a harmful phishing scam link or inadvertently or deliberately shares consumer data with others.
As employees can be the weakest link in a company’s security, it is expected that many more organizations will require their staff to undertake cybersecurity awareness training in 2019. As a result, they can identify how their actions can impact a company’s onsite security, as they could:
- Click on a link that contains a harmful virus or malware
- Download unauthorized applications
- Share sensitive data
- Click on a malicious file attachment
- Login into an unsecured public network
Cybersecurity awareness training can familiarize a team with various risks and consequences, which can decrease the likelihood of a company falling victim to hacking.
- A Transition to the Cloud
It would not be surprising for more companies to transition to the cloud in 2019, with the aim of securely storing a company’s critical data. However, organizations of all sizes must monitor a cloud solution for configuration changes and ensure they are alerted when a user or hacker has made an alteration so that they can respond quickly to a potential breach.