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November 21, 2018
Top Cybersecurity Predictions for 2019
November 21, 2018
November 21, 2018
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Million-dollar data breach finesIn 2018, we have seen the EU GDPR come into enforcement as well as the California Consumer Privacy Act which both have serious financial penalties for organizations that fail to protect personal data. We also saw some serious financial costs from cyber attacks with Uber agreeing to pay $148 million from their data breach that occurred in 2016 and both Equifax and Facebook fined £500,000 which was the maximum penalty possible under the older UK data protection law. In 2019, we are going to see some serious financial penalties with Facebook, Google, and British Airways all under the microscope, which could prompt the first billion-dollar data breach fines for failure to secure and protect personal data.
Regulations get tough and the rest of the world to update laws for data protectionFollowing the EU's GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act, the rest of the world is ramping up data protection laws, responding to the modern global economy in which data is now exceeding the value of oil, becoming the most valuable asset. Governments have now seen that importance of protecting their citizens' sensitive personal data and punishing corporations for failure to protect individuals' data., particularly organizations that are profiting from the data. In 2019, we will see the rest of the world continue to increase legislation related to personal data and IoT (Internet of Things) devices to ensure that the standards of cybersecurity in place to protect data are at a standard equal to the value of the data itself.
Machines to attack humansIn 2019, with so many connected devices, we are very likely to see machines attack humans. Yes, machines will be used to target humans with cyber attacks and many of those machines will be controlled by other humans. Cyber attacks will start to have a direct impact on humans and possibly cause physical harm or eventually even death. You can go as far as saying we might see a vacuum cleaner chase your kids around the room, your fridge spit water in your face, a kettle boil water to extreme temperatures, or even your car turning into another car - all resulting from malicious acts to attack humans. IoT could potentially become the future assassin and attacks could easily be carried out across country borders. At least in 2019, these devices are being controlled by other humans, but with AI (Artificial Intelligence) we may lose this control to devices in the future.
Government will engage in cyber offensivesGovernments have been developing cyber weapons for several years and many have been using them in secret to attack other countries causing situations just short of war. Nuclear weapons no longer have the deterrence they once had, and cyber weapons have allowed countries to disrupt our society and political stability that was protected in previous years. In 2019, we will likely see governments reveal their cyber weapon capabilities to create a future deterrence in showing other countries what will happen if they continue to use cyber techniques to cause social and political harm.
Email and compromised privileges continue to be the major cause of data breachesIn 2019, email and compromised privileges will continue to be the primary method at bypassing company security controls to disrupt services, steal sensitive data or cause financial fraud. Reducing the impact and risk of emails and privileges should be the number one priority for organizations to reduce the risks of cyber attacks. If you can control email hyperlinks and attachments as well as implement a least privilege strategy, that will limit and control privileges, then organizations will reduce the risks exposed from cyber attacks. It is time to get in control of privileges in 2019.
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