Cyber Security Predictions for 2018

Cyber security predictions

Here are our Cyber Predictions for 2018

With a new year comes new threats to our cybersecurity, what should businesses expect? And what should we defend ourselves against to protect ourselves?

Some organisations will be hit by GDPR

With the new EU General Data Protection Regulations in May comes stricter penalties and consequences for businesses who irresponsibly handle consumer data. GDPR should bring stronger data protection for organisations but it isn’t guaranteed that every company will be compliant in time. We wouldn’t be surprised if we see a large firm pay a hefty fine this year in the event of a data breach.

An increase in ransomware software

2017 was known as the ‘year of ransomware’ in which we saw the highest number of outbreaks caused by as the release of malicious software; NotPeyta and WannaCry that left many organisations in the debris. These software were huge hits on some businesses cybersecurity systems. As ransomware technology evolves and attackers become more diligent and skilful, these kinds of cyber-attacks are becoming harder to detect.

It’s predicted we’ll see an increase in malware within the Mobile Application market as ransomware spreads within the Apple Store and Google Play, with the potential to spread via SMS/MMS.

IoT connected devices will become more vulnerable

Though manufacturers are working on investing and securing their products, IoT connected devices are still considered newly born within the technological age and hold several vulnerabilities to hackers. As the demand for IoT devices accelerates in 2018, it poses a major threat as many devices hold significant insecurities that are difficult to recuperate.

There were lots of DDoS crimes last year with the use of IoT devices and we’ll probably see an increase in the number of devices being hijacked for these types of attacks.

What do you think 2018 will bring to the cybersecurity landscape? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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