As we embark on a new year, it’s normal to think about what the future will have in store for us. From a cybersecurity perspective, there are a lot of conversations about what will be. What are the big technology trends and what risks will they pose? Will attackers be all about new technologies like AI and biometrics or will the focus be more on infiltrating conventional systems in new and innovative ways? What will the attack vectors be? Will traditional attack methods continue to reign supreme or will new approaches emerge?
As we head into a new decade, there’s no doubt that attackers will try to use innovation against us but determining where they will focus is always a challenge. Here are the top security trends we believe will impact both businesses and consumers in 2020:
Drones Open up New Pathway for Intelligence GatheringTo date, the security concern around drones has mostly been focused on the physical damage that could be perpetrated by nefarious actors, including nation states. In 2020 we could start seeing attackers focus more on what drones know and how that information can be exploited for intelligence gathering, corporate espionage and more. While it’s true that drones have the potential to do physical damage, the longer-term opportunity for attackers is to use drones as another pathway to steal – and manipulate – sensitive information.
The Butterfly Effect of Ransomware In the first nine months of 2019, reports indicate there were between 600-700 ransomware attacks on government agencies, healthcare providers and schools in the US alone. Cities and public sector organizations around the world have faced a steady barrage of ransomware attacks, with momentum continuing to build heading into 2020. With the goal of these attacks aimed at disruption and destabilizing systems, cities and towns, in particular, will need to elevate their approach to cyber resiliency.
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Attacker Innovation Shifts to the Cloud:
The absence of spectacular ransomware attacks like Petya doesn’t mean attackers have stopped investing in malware. They’re just shifting their focus. In many ways attackers subscribe to the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality. The malware families that have been around for years still work, and are effective for many reasons, mostly because many organizations still neglect to adhere to basic patching practices.