Cyber Security Predictions for 2020

When it comes to cybersecurity, the variety of attacks and threat vectors seem to shape-shift on an almost weekly basis.

The good news is that as cybercriminals become more sophisticated, cybersecurity experts are also evolving, growing and tirelessly working on new ways to solve those problems and prevent future attacks.

In this week’s blog, we’ll dive into some of the most significant cybersecurity threats in the coming year.

5G Security

With 5G network deployments rolling out in 2020, 5G security will undoubtedly be stepping up their game to secure more network assets. These intricate networks open up new attack opportunities and therefore will require a more complex, software-defined structure than their predecessors.

5G networks will also facilitate billions of new devices and endpoints which will all demand further security. The vulnerabilities found in 5G could open the gateway to creeping on IoT traffic and offer more accessible ways to compromise all Internet of Things (IoT) devices. In extreme cases, remote reprogramming of IoT devices is possible.

Targeted ransomware attacks

In 2020, the world will witness an increase in targeted ransomware attacks. The cybercrime underbelly – utilising alternative tactics to leverage access to organisations available for sale – will be crafting specifically tailored attacks on businesses and large enterprises spanning most industries.

While these targeted ransomware attacks demand a more defined intelligence-gathering method, they enable criminals to inflict maximum disruption to the victims, while earning more money than ever.

Due to their notoriously limited resources, and the havoc that can be reeked, our hospitals, schools and the like, continue to suffer as the primary targets of cybercriminal organisations.

The vulnerability of IoT devices

The combination of a massive increase in IoT devices, and the 5G network roll-out, will, unfortunately, boost the number of attacks against smart devices. The threat of a considerable rise in IoT botnets is real.

Unfortunately, although the device vendors are currently implementing new system security features, many don’t fulfil security-by-design, which leaves these systems wide-open to hackers.

Specific segments of IoT will undoubtedly become more secure over time, however there’s a fear that the speed at which the market grows is happening too fast, and taking precedence over stricter security measures.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) based attacks

As AI systems automate manual tasks and improve human activities more and more, their involvement in offensive actions also grows as a potential risk for the coming years. There are concerns regarding the appropriation of AI-based systems to generate ‘deep fakes’ in misinformation campaigns deployed by nation-state hackers.

However on the flip side, the integration of AI vastly improves the early detection of threats and aids their reduction. AI helps organisations to rapidly respond to attacks and block ongoing aggression.  AI-based solutions will rise dramatically this year to improve network security.

Summary

The need for cybersecurity just got more real than ever before. Watchful eyes are needed EVERYWHERE. In response, merchants are adopting ‘edge infrastructure’ to further buffer their security platforms. Last year saw Netskope dazzle with its NewEdge infrastructure. Palo Alto Networks also partnered with Google Cloud to develop a multi-cloud security structure utilising Prisma Cloud. More security companies will surely follow in their footsteps. Expect some inspiring security innovations for 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns about your cybersecurity, get in touch with our team on 01522 883636 and we’ll do all we can to assist you.