Cybersecurity Predictions for the Year Ahead
January 19, 2018 by Bill Rosenthal

2018 written in circuits

At the end of 2016, the predictions that would dictate 2017 in terms of security came out. From ransomware and political disruption to the advancement of cybercriminals and social media attacks, most of these predictions became reality. However, no one could have imagined the extent of these issues, especially in terms of ransomware and the cases of WannaCry and NotPetya.

What should we be prepared for this year? Here are a few predictions that we have for the rest of 2018: 

  • A Worsening of Data Breaches – Data loss in instances such as Equifax and Uber will not end in 2017. We can expect to see data breaches costing in the hundreds of millions of dollars this year and will probably experience enormous cloud breaches as well. Additionally, we should anticipate that politically motivated cyberattacks will continue to increase. The advancement of breaches will also mean that there is now a potential for the loss of life if should healthcare devices become compromised.
  • An Increase in Directed Ransomware – We saw a mass distribution of targeted ransomware attacks in 2017. In 2018, we can expect to see ever more directly targeted attacks on devices such as pacemakers that could possible put one’s life in danger. It is predicted that these attacks will go along with extortion campaigns that will be able to disable networks, deny service, and crash email servers. Ransomware is certainly not going away this year.
  • Mobile Threat Advancement – You can expect that the device in your pocket will definitely become a bigger target for hackers in the coming year. Experts believe that we will see the first major infection of malware in the Android App Store and may even see a widespread worming ransomware in phones spread by text or media messages.
  • More Biometrics – While biometrics have certainly seen an increase in use over the last year with things like facial recognition and fingerprint scanning as authentication on mobile devices, we can expect even more this in the future. Eventually usernames and passwords will become a thing of the past. While this is a good thing, we will inevitably also experience the first biometric-based exploits for cyberattacks.

Now that we know what to expect, what can we do to prevent these things from happening? The best way to protect your company and your data is by ensuring that each and every employee is prepared to protect the company as the first line of defense. At Logical Operations, we encourage organizations to prepare employees for this role with our CyberSec First Responder™ (CFR) cybersecurity training and certification. This course helps participants analyze, identify, and proactively defend your organization before it’s too late.

To learn more about our CyberSec First Responder™ training, please contact Logical Operations today!