The Mixed Forecast for Cybersecurity during Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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The first nine months of 2018 have not been easy in cybersecurity circles. Reporting indicates that while breaches and records exposed are down slightly, the statistics are still staggering: 3,676 breaches and 3.6 billion compromised records, according to Dark Reading.

What does that mean for the online holiday shopping period about to begin? We canvased security-focused corners the web to look for forecasts and narrowed a long list of citations down to five reliable sources.

You’ll find those sources below and we’ve called out the sections we found interesting while also providing links for those interested in further reading.

1) Cyber Monday forecasted to break records.

There are many articles, blogs and tip sheets for consumers seeking cybersecurity advice in advance of the holiday shopping season, but perhaps retailers could use some wisdom as well. As one security watcher put it:

“The stakes are high for them too. Every recent year has set a new spending record, and 2018 is expected to do the same. Adobe Analytics predicts that Cyber Monday will again be the largest- and fastest-growing online shopping day of the year with a record $7.7 billion in sales – a 17.6 percent increase from $6.6 billion in 2017.”

More sales are likely to come with more traffic, more cybersecurity alerts and more network anomalies. In turn, this means more threat actors attempting to capitalize on unsuspecting or ill-prepared retailers and consumers.

Read more: Both Consumers And Retailers Need To Up Their Cybersecurity To Make Holidays Happy| Forbes | Taylor Armerding

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