5 cyber security predictions for 2019

It’s hard to make predictions for anything, especially for the constant changing world of cyber security. The increasing threats, rapidly evolving technologies for defense and offense, and cyber-attacks that are growing in terms of sophistication.

Sometimes with all the new changes it’s hard to keep up with trends. That’s why it’s always nice to have someone to keep up with the best form of security for you. To help you out here are five cybersecurity predictions to watch for in 2019.

1. All of Microsoft’s mainstream products will have Advanced Threat Protection

A service that allows anyone with an E5 license to see under the hood and review what an attacker did to a system is Windows 10 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). This service relies on telemetry that is enabled when the computer is linked to the APT service.

ATP standard with all Windows versions will help continue the efforts to build security-focused brand image. This will be one of their main selling point in 2019.

2. Multi-factor authentication will become the standard for all online transactions

Though it is not yet perfected, password-only access will soon be abandoned by most online services and websites for additional required or optional authentication methods. Multi-factor authentications may confuse and frustrate user for a little while.

Phishing and other cyber-attacks are made more possible by only using a password authentication. At this time there are many different kinds of two-factor authentications and until it becomes more stabilized it may be a little difficult to manage.

Those more stabilize standards are soon on their way due to the increasing push for the need of better cybersecurity.

3. Spear phishing becomes even more targeted

When it comes to phishing, attackers know the more information they have on you the more successful their phishing campaign against you will be. One creepy way that attackers are using is hacking into your email and lurking to gain information. Besides the information they get from lurking, they also use the relationships and trust built between you and the people you regularly communicate with.

A big area that might be more at stake is mortgage wire fraud, where home buyers are tricked into wiring closing fees to a rogue party by an email arriving from a trusted mortgage agent. First the hacker breaks into the mortgage lender’s computer and takes note of all the upcoming pending deals and their closing dates. Next, the day before the agent would normally send the email telling the client where to send the closing money, the phisher would then use the mortgage agent’s computer to beat them to the punch. Sadly this means the unsuspecting client wires the money, which most of the time isn’t recovered, and ends up losing the house.

4. Nations will make an effort to establish cyberwarfare rules

Most nations agree on a certain rules, such as no torture, no poison gasses, or no slaughtering of civilians. These rules are set in to place to protect you and the nations against wars that may happen if these rules were broken.

And yet with the increasing threat of cyberwarfare there are no rules are set in place. With no rules nations aren’t really worried about repercussions. Sony Pictures hacked by North Korea. Industrial critical control systems hacked by Russia and they tried to influence the elections of other nations. Intellectual property stolen by China. Malware used to destroy nuclear equipment by the U.S. and Israel.

Boundaries will continue to be pushed when it comes to cyberwarfare. The growing interest in cyberwarfare more and more resource will become available. These resources will be used to find new attack vectors and to improve the resilience and adaptability of their malware. This issue will continue to get worse if no restrictions are put into place. Leaving no other way to fix this problem, but for nations to come together and create rules for cyberwarfare. 

5. More organizations will require master’s degrees in cybersecurity for CSOs/CISOs

Training will continue to grow, and certificates for cyber security will not be enough to pursue further in a security professional’s career. Some of the security certifications don’t provide the right kind of education and training.

At prestigious universities such as UC Berkeley and NYU will start offering cybersecurity masters degrees, and more companies will be on the lookout for CSOs/CISOs with the cross-disciplinary skills gained from a masters degrees.

Cyber security is going to continue to be a large part of the business world, so make sure you’re keeping up with the constant changes.

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