As the new year approaches, many predictions have been made regarding the state of cybersecurity in 2018. Some predictions are more obvious than others, such as ongoing digital transformations and ransomware attacks. However, some predictions are a little more extreme, such as a data breach so pervasive that an entire country loses power. Here are a few of the top predictions for the technology sector in 2018.
While artificial intelligence technology won’t be new for 2018, there will be changes to the current technology. In 2018, machine learning will actually help cybersecurity professionals, not replace them with robots as many fear. According to CSO Online, “Infosec pros will realize that machine learning is a very good ‘helper app’ if it is applied to specific and well-understood areas where we have ample data available for model building.” This means organizations will begin to use machine learning technology to enhance their cybersecurity.
More Sophisticated Cyberattacks
Global ransomware damage costs for 2017 were predicted to reach $5 billion, and this staggering sum is only expected to rise in 2018. The widespread success of ransomware attacks in 2017 provides the logical assumption that more successful ransomware attacks will continue to plague organizations of every size and scope in 2018. In fact, it’s become easier than ever for cybercriminals to launch ransomware attacks. According to Paloa Alto Networks, “Given that cybercriminals with limited technical skills can execute these attacks, making it even more convenient and reducing the barrier to launch attacks, ransomware as a service has become a viable way to launch ransomware attacks.” Expect couch potato cybercriminals to be on the rise in 2018.
A Renewed Focus on Cybersecurity
Many organizations have spoken out about their fear of cyber threats, and their willingness to make the changes necessary to prevent them. A recent survey of cybersecurity professionals found that 90 percent of private companies and government agencies feel vulnerable to insider threats. “A renewed focus on cybersecurity will mean an increase in the use of external providers and solutions by many enterprises,” according to CSO Online.
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