Cybersecurity - Trends
Six trends in cybersecurity include increased mobile attacks, increased cloud attacks, attacks utilizing AI, automated cybersecurity defense, IoT device risks, and a rise of insider attacks.
- 2020 will see an increase in mobile cybersecurity treats, including phishing attacks via SMS or phone call.
- This trend is being driven by the increase in use of mobile for business activities, and an increase in the amount of data stored on mobile phones.
- One trend in cybersecurity for 2020 will be the increase in cyber attacks on data stored in the cloud.
- This trend is being driven by the increased use of the cloud and the blurring of company infrastructure with the infrastructure of cloud providers.
Attacks Utilizing AI
- Phishing attacks and other attacks will be strengthened by the use of AI in 2020, including using AI algorithms to increase attack conversion rates.
- While AI has so far been used mostly to defend against attacks, attackers are now beginning to utilize the technology which will make attacks more widespread and hard to manage.
Automated Cyber Security Defense
- Automation is being used to increase cybersecurity defenses.
- This trend is being driven by the lack of cybersecurity professionals, and startups are starting to capitalize on this trend by offering cybersecurity automation products.
IoT Device Risks
- With the widespread adaption of 5G infrastructure predicted for 2020, there will be an increase in the number of IoT devices and therefore an increase in the risk associated with these devices.
- Adding to this threat is that most IoT devices are built on new technology, so the security of these devices is not fully developed and can provide hackers a way to reach other, more secure devices connected to the IoT devices.
Rise of Insider Attacks
- 2020 will see an increase in the frequency of insider attacks.
- This threat is being driven by the increase in security of most organizations, making outsider attacks more challenging and expensive and therefore driving insider attacks. As outsider attacks become more expensive, hackers will be willing to offer more to insiders to assist in the attacks.
Trends were chosen based on their inclusion in multiple expert publications.