Top 7 Cybersecurity Predictions

Top 7 Cybersecurity Predictions

When we look back at the previous year, we find that cyberattacks was at an all-time high, with an increased number of data breaches. When we look towards the end of this year, one thing we can say for sure, is that expectations remain the same. That the continuing cybersecurity war is unrelenting. When looking at cybersecurity, the best approach to take is a proactive one when attempting to identify threats, rather than the reactive one, that so many misguided individuals adopt. In an environment, with a forever increasing security threat, adopting a position, based on the threat levels of last year, is no longer the right approach. Organisations need to be as forward thinking as possible, and think about a couple years in to the future.

When we look at cybersecurity for this year, we find that there are a number of unanswered questions. But one thing we do know for sure is that, there will be a number of unexpected events that many individuals and organisations will be unprepared for. What new innovative technologies can you say will be at the forefront of cybersecurity? Which attack methods will be most used by cybercriminals? And what kind of approaches will organisations adopt to halt these threats? While companies think about the most pressing cybersecurity concerns for this year, they must also not forget to adopt an approach that is proactive.

With that in mind, for this article, we have put together a list of the biggest cybersecurity predictions for this year, to help both individuals and organisations stay one step ahead of the criminals.

  1. Ransomware Will Become More Destructive

Over the years, we’ve witnessed ransomware become increasingly more sophisticated, able to evade even the most innovative security solutions. Ransomware attacks today are able to infiltrate the very best in advanced security, with enhanced mechanisation and complexity, especially when it comes to Trojan alteration. Also, with the current security solutions available today, many hours may have passed before the ransomware is actually detected, which in many cases is enough time for the cybercriminals to do their damage.

  1. Phishing Attacks to Be a Big Concern

Security experts are always on the lookout for answers to the various phishing attacks that are forever increasing. Today, you will find that most companies that invest in email security, do so, because they want to block the forever growing phishing attacks they experience. Phishing attacks are growing rapidly, with even the most experienced professionals unable to identify them all. A successful phishing attack is also more serious today, than ever before. There is an increasing demand for technologies that are capable of detecting and blocking these kinds of attacks, especially when they are administered through email.

  1. Fake News Will Become More Commonplace

This is something we’re going to have to get used to. Companies such as Twitter and Facebook, have deployed systems like AI (deep learning), in order to fight it, but these technologies are still lacking, unable to detect the vast majority of it. The main issue is that for these AI systems to work, they require historical data, which will help them better understand whether or not a story is true for fake, something that’s available sometimes, but not all of the time. As a result, false positives, becomes the order of the day. Unfortunately, the attackers care not for these false positives, while the defenders do. When one of these fake campaigns is detected, an attacker will just go create another one. In order for these artificial intelligence systems to work better, we’re going to need better deep learning, which should translate into better detection.

  1. Automation of Cyber Threats

When we look at traditional forms of automation, we find that they are used sparingly, and carefully, when dealing with cyber security. This is because of the large amounts of misleading facts that is informed by this much dated technology. There’s also the issue of such systems preventing legitimate users from doing their work. Due to the forever increasing number of and speed of cyberattacks, this will mean that automation will need more widespread adoption. This automation will thus have to be entrusted to be able to do its job, prevent threats, without doing any harm, in the process. When automation is adopted, it allows cybersecurity teams to spend considerably less time on having to neutralise attacks, using physical laborious means. Over the next year or so, we can predict that there will be an improvement in the efficiency of this new AI learning technology, which will be adopted to routinely detect and halt any unusual attack, when it determines there’s any cause for concern.

  1. Securing the Cloud Becomes Increasingly More Important

A secure cloud will become very crucial for companies in the years to come. All organisations that are looking to up their competitive edge, will naturally migrate over to the cloud. Something that is already happening, but will increase massively, over the coming years. In the past year, many organisations felt that cloud services was one of their top three biggest technology investment concerns. As more and more companies migrate over to the cloud, we can expect that cybercriminals will start to focus more on attack methods such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDos), and other approaches.

  1. Passwords: Coming To an End

In the next year or so, passwords will eventually reach its tipping point. The end result is that we’ll see far less passwords. With many services offering alternative forms of authentication. However, the end result is that cybercriminals will focus their efforts more on password-less technologies, as they become the order of the day.

  1. Significant Increase in Cyber Insurance

Over the past year or so, we’ve witnessed an increased number of organisations have been forced into remote working. This means that cyber-risk exposure has also increased. In order to cover said companies for the inevitable attacks that said companies are sure to fall victim to, cyber insurance will be adopted. Currently not as popular as it will be, but we can already see the growing trend.


Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website

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