Cybersecurity Predictions for 2018

Posted Date 11/29/17

When it comes to cybersecurity and the future, one thing is certain: attacks will only increase. Beyond this, it’s prediction territory, so here are the predictions from industry experts compiled by Forbes tech author Gil Press.

#1 Vulnerabilities in the Internet of Things will become more dangerous but will not be addressed by adequate legislation in the US. In Europe, 2018 will see the entry into effect of the General Data Protection Regulation.

#2 Cyberattackers will use metadata previously stolen in major hacks such as Equifax, OPM, and Anthem to launch new, precise attacks, in which they will use big data algorithms, created through machine learning and leveraging AI.

#3 There will be more attacks aiming to subvert two-step authentication as well as more software supply chain attacks.

#4 A hackers group sponsored by a government will launch a five-day DDoS attack on a critical US government agency and shut it down in a show of strength. This warning, though not as specific, comes from other experts, too.

#5 North Korea and its enemies will wage a cyberwar on each other with North Korea with the latter employing the Russian approach of spreading “fake news” to destabilize the adversary.

#6 2018 could see the first cyberattack on critical US infrastructure.

#7 The fake news boom and improving technologies that make it near impossible to verify an photo or a report will spark an authentication drive that will come down to reputation management using technology that allows people to verify their identity through a system that records an interaction only this person can have.

#8 2018 will see the convergence of data security and data privacy as it becomes obvious that these are interrelated rather than separate issues.

#9 The data stolen in this year’s large-scale attack could be made available on the dark web in bulk and be used for future, more specifically targeted attacks.

#10 Some banks and asset managers will begin using chatbots to make payments easier and cybercriminals could try to impersonate users of the bank’s services by taking over their devices.

#11 Data governance will gain more prominence next year as businesses increase their efforts to protect sensitive data using technological tools.

#12 Identity theft could reach a new level next year because of all the personally identifiable information publicly available.

#13 There is going to be an influx of cybersecurity regulations along the lines of the GDPR.

#14 2018 will be a tough year for the travel industry: fraudsters will target personal information in booking data and traveler profiles, such as credit cards and passports, which will prompt the industry to come up with new data protection solutions.

#15 There will be a boom in IoT cybersecurity solutions as threats abound in this connected world.

#16 Drones can become a new field for hackers to test their skills as manufacturers in such a rush to make superdrones that they are ignoring the issue of cybersecurity.

#17 Both cybersecurity pros and cybercriminals will use more machine learning and AI in their work, potentially bringing cyberconflicts to another level, with a lot more use of automation.

#18 AI will also be used in behavioral biometric data-based identification to reduce cyberthreats. As a whole, biometric identification will take center=-stage next year, replacing two-step authentication with multi-step solutions.

#19 In cryptocurrencies, one of the most popular ones will next year become the target of a major attack that could effectively kill it.

#20 As cybersecurity experts focus their attention on cloud and mobile, attackers will focus theirs on mainframes: mainframes support 29 billion ATM transactions on a daily basis and 87% of credit card transactions, which makes them a great target for hackers.

#21 More businesses and organization swill turn to SaaS cybersecurity solutions but these solutions will become more vulnerable to attacks as cybercriminals target them more than before.

#22 The dominant cybersecurity approach will shift from reactive to predictive as cybersecurity becomes integrated into the software development process.

#23 Enterprise ransomeware will be a big thing next year and it may well damage a lot of businesses as cybersecurity solutions are still lagging behind hackers’ tools of the trade.

Finally, in 2018 as before humans will remain the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain. There is a major shortage of cybersecurity talent that cannot be eliminated so quickly and easily, so businesses will begin training their own cybersecurity professionals.

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