It’s safe to say that cyberthreats are increasing in overall sophistication. Just a few of the top predicted threats for this year include banking trojans, browser-based password hijacking attacks, and weaponized email attachments. This means that today’s businesses must also be on the lookout for ways to improve their overall cybersecurity practices to guard their enterprises as these attacks continue to happen.
Below are four examples of the major trends in the world of cybersecurity and cyber threats that we can expect to see on a fairly regular basis as the year progresses, and what companies should do to avoid becoming the next victim of an attack.
- Move beyond traditional pen testing – Employing a multistep and multi-vendor cyberattack model to infiltrate applications and infrastructure, traditional pen testing has been the go-to method of testing for years. It is able to highlight vulnerabilities for improvements and is typically a major part of overall cybersecurity plans, but it just is not going to be enough moving forward. We can expect to implement attack simulation technology and artificial intelligence to achieve better results at a lower cost when used in conjunction with trained cybersecurity professionals.
- A pairing of DevOps and security teams – DevOps have been traditionally treated as an add-on for security plans, but they will continue to further integrate into security to allow for the release of fast, reliable software. Constant updates and improvements to software means that security cannot be an afterthought by any means. With DevOps teams relying on cloud deployments, the pairing of security professionals and DevOps allows developers to deploy the code they have built in a secure environment while encouraging cloud-native security principles.
- Artificial Intelligence – Artificial intelligence has already started to both help and hinder the cybersecurity industry. When used to empower cybersecurity professionals on the defense for their companies, AI can help identify, manage, and learn from cyberthreats to help build better protection systems. However, when cybercriminals get their hands on the technology, they can use it to build cyberattacks that further infiltrate organizations, steal data, and generally wreak havoc. We can expect to see artificial intelligence used for both of these purposes.
- A spike in microbreaches – Defined as the tweaking of data that is able to cascade throughout distributed information technology environments, microbreaches are expected to increase as the security market consolidates. These breaches can be elusive as they are small, but can be detected when an IT system is properly configured to detect them. As consolidation means increased complexity and vulnerabilities, we can expect to see a spike in these breaches.
What is your company doing to prevent the coming threats and upgrade current systems to keep up with the times?