Today, Cybersecurity is the most used word in all the organizations across the world invariable of their size and domain. Obviously, it is unclear to what lies ahead in 2019 but 2018 witnessed a whole new level of cyber attacks and security breaches with sophisticated technologies and advancements showing up.
Nevertheless, hackers and cybercriminals have been constantly upgrading their methods and techniques to invade the security features. This made the cybersecurity companies run helter-skelter to devise the strategy and defenses that can counter the sophisticated attacks.
On the other hand, it is noticed that online criminals are continually looking for vulnerabilities and weak entry points in the networks. This led the IT security guys to adjust their strategy and defenses on regular basis. This trend is anticipated to continue on a large scale in 2019.
According to Threat Report published by The Sophos for 2019, it details how criminals are now “staking out” victims, moving laterally throughout the network, manipulating internal controls to reach their objectives with stealth.
Since endpoint protection has developed a lot in the last two year, cybercriminals are actively looking for new grey areas in the network to use as an entry point. Therefore, the cybersecurity focus is on the intelligent and automated response that offers lateral movement protection.
Let us look at the cybersecurity trends for 2019:
Online criminals aim to make quick money using invasive methods. Cryptojacking also termed as “Cryptomining malware”, has been voraciously used by hackers to steal resources from unsuspecting victims. This trend will continue to increase in 2019.
Software Flaws Manipulation
In 2019, we will see the software flaws exploitation happening on a large scale. This longstanding tactic used in cyber attacks works precisely for the fraudsters. We notice that the efforts to actively subvert software development processes are also increasing.
CISA & The Private Sector Resistance
In order to improve cybersecurity, the information sharing on cybersecurity threats between the public and private sectors needs to happen without any restrictions. And, this is why the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) came into existence. With the benefits clearly slated out, many large companies still are reticent to share information with peers and the government.
More development and engineering skills are needed
As a result, cybersecurity companies need to develop security products that are more sophisticated. Security teams need to stay more vigilant and will have to focus on development and engineering skills. Previously, the focus was on firewalls and endpoints but many security professionals cut their teeth as a system and network administrators.
Today, the infrastructure is determined by code, breaches are frequently caused by inadequate applications and therefore automation is essential for under-staffed teams. The outcome demands a change in the skill set required by security pros. There needs to be a deep understanding of applications and intelligence to build automation into the tools and processes.
Organizations to concentrate on software supply chains
Open-source libraries are offering great support to many people but they are not well-maintained. This provides the easy infiltration. This used to be the domain of nation-states but the criminals are getting in on the action.
App Sector growth is anticipated
In 2018 much focus went into protecting the endpoints and it was achieved. This has made the attackers to shift focus and now it is the legacy applications which will get them what they want!
Organizations to focus on cloud-based security platforms
In 2019, there is the possibility for organizations to bank on cloud-based security providers. Cloud-based security is appealing as they’re platform-delivered, flexible, and scalable. Besides, they are built with open APIs, so as to security teams can integrate technologies into the platform. It also allows for more automation and orchestration.
Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence
There is the possibility that cyber security may become more intelligence-driven in the year 2019. Artificial intelligence has the potential to offer a quick and proactive response to unprecedented attacks and will help in evolving to the changing threat landscape.