The growing reliance on technology by businesses is necessitated by the need to protect sensitive data from attackers and hackers. Companies that do not include cyber security in their design have to play catch-up in the race to secure their systems, which unfortunately, is already a half-lost battle.
Here are some other cybersecurity predictions for 2019.
Moving to the cloud as a security platform
More organizations will rely on the cloud as a security platform. Continued improvements and innovations are making room for automation of cloud security.
This automation enables the platform to collect data, identify unusual connections and adequately respond to them in almost-real time.
Intelligence-driven cybersecurity is largely enabled through machine learning platforms. These platforms classify and predict data as well as making improvements based on the data collected.
It should also be noted that the advancements made through cybersecurity learning will also benefit criminals. It is, therefore, a tight race between good and evil.
Political and commercial espionage
More and more users are gaining access to the internet. This increased presence of visitors on the web can be abused to gain an upper-hand in tactics involving political and commercial espionage.
Unethical hackers are hard at work, attempting to break through every security barrier. Spying is more likely to increase in countries with few or weak cybersecurity laws in place. Websites with little-to-no security are also at a high risk. 2019 might see more cases of espionage and ransomware than ever before.
Ransomware is the use of software developed for malicious purposes. It prevents access to and use of computer systems until a ‘ransom’ is paid. The malicious software is used with the objective of securing a specific amount of money from the victims. Over and above that, attackers access user information and demand that companies pay them to destroy the stolen information.
Changing laws in cybersecurity in different regions will also lead to a direct increase in cases being reported, bringing to light just how prevalent cyberattacks are.
Security by design
Growing awareness of the importance of cybersecurity is resulting in more companies considering security in their design. Most companies view security as an afterthought when a product or service is already up and running.
The main problem with this approach is the difficulty of fixing potential security threats in an already developed product. It is also an expensive route as resources must be redirected to cybersecurity.
Companies are, therefore, adopting a security by design approach by integrating security into their design right from the point of conception. As such, regardless of where a company’s assets are placed, be it in the cloud or on-premise, companies are better suited to manage their security.
Enterprises have accepted that one of their business goals should be cybersecurity, especially with the increased reports of espionage and ransomware.
One simple way to integrate security by design is by using a virtual private network, which creates a secure internet connection to another network. PureVPN, for instance, maintains the privacy of any online activity and prevents unauthorized access to the users’ data. In the unlikely event that attackers do manage to intercept a user’s data, they cannot interpret it because the data is encrypted. It is affordable and allows for the secure connection of multiple devices. Making use of VPN will definitely lead to fewer cases of unauthorised online service and communication disruption.
Internet of Things security challenge
Internet of Things refers to devices connected via a wireless network. The Internet of Things is expected to grow significantly in 2019. This growth is expected to bring with it new cybersecurity challenges.
The Internet of Things does not consider cybersecurity in its design. Those that do are the exception and not the rule. It will not be easy to back or protect already deployed devices with cybersecurity measures. This is a loophole that attackers will take great advantage of.
Makers of these devices should recognize the major security threats facing their deployed devices and thus consider implementing cybersecurity measures before deployment.
General Data Protection Regulation
In May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation came into effect. The regulation covers entities targeting citizens in the European Union and entities operating within the European Union.
In 2019, these entities will comply in a more uniform manner, thus affecting users positively.
Fines will be handed out by the regulator to entities that fail to comply with the regulations. Avoiding penalties will be an excellent motivator for companies to adhere to the requirements of the regulations.
Enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation will lead to the passing of new and more specific privacy laws. As we learn from the changes brought about by enforcement, loopholes not previously considered will be sealed by lawmakers.
The rise of zero trust
Identity is regarded as the new yardstick. As such, companies are making it a requirement that the identity of every person or device accessing resources on the network is verified.
Zero trust security incorporates multiple technologies and security principles. The idea is to protect all access points to data and to continually collect, record and inspect external and internal traffic. Unusual traffic will result in a user being logged out and asked to authenticate their identity. Validation will be done by requiring a code sent via phone message or by answering security questions.
Zero trust security development will give rise to new modes of authentication or validation for users and staff. This will also result in the adoption of two or multiple factor authentication methods.
Rise in Biometrics
The adoption of zero trust security and the increasing demand for multi-factor authentication will lead to a rise in biometrics as a security measure. Some of the biometric security measures that could be adopted include:
- Palm biometrics
- Facial analysis
- Voice biometrics
- Gait analysis
- Behavioural biometrics
Technological advancements will result in authentication getting smarter. Different kinds of biometrics will be combined as an added security layer. Biometrics will also be incorporated into smart payment cards with fingerprint biometrics as an added measure.
It will be interesting to watch how these trends are rolled out and are improved throughout the year.