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The year has been a difficult one for cyber security, with many prominent attacks having taken place, leading to many businesses needing to review their cyber security. And it’s not going to stop there. According to security firm ProofPoint, it is predicted that 2018 will have many more surprises in store for us.

Below is a list of predicted cyber security issues for 2018:

  1. Cryptocurrency thefts

In 2018, we will begin to see malware and phishing which is specifically designed to steal cryptocurrency. Whether this is directly or indirectly, cryptocurrency theft will become as common as your average banking Trojan in email-based campaigns.

  1. Local network attacks

Email attacks are not a new form of cyber-attack, but 2018 will begin to see these and other known vulnerabilities spread rapidly to other systems on an internal network. We saw something similar to this in 2017, but this time it’s said to be worse, this time including increasingly sophisticated features and will tend to focus on profit related targets.

  1. Social media

Social media bots will go beyond public incidents and will focus on larger, profit-based attacks. As these bots evolve, it will become more difficult to distinguish between bots and humans, inevitably increasing their effectiveness. There has already been a 20% increase in pirated content on social media in 2017, but this is predicted to increase rapidly throughout 2018.

  1. Business targets

We saw the beginning of large and devastating business targeted cyber-attacks this year, but this will inevitably become more frequent, as attackers focus on bigger and more damaging incidents. Their focus will be email-based phishing, targeting identification and authentication messages within businesses.

  1. The Internet of Things

Official regulations which govern IoT security features are currently being drafted, but, in the mean time, this leaves the service wide open for attacks. Until the regulations are enforced, the IoT has a number of vulnerabilities which are set to only become more critical and dangerous, the longer this is left open.

For more information on how to keep your business safe from cyber-attacks, get in touch with our team on 0800 9520652 or email