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As the internet continues to become more prevalent in our daily lives, the focus on cybersecurity grows in tandem. For every new development, there is always someone with malicious intent working to use it for nefarious purposes.
In 2019, there will be a blend of new and continuing cybersecurity trends. Here’s what you can expect to see this year and why.
Improved Protection Against Internal Threats
As time goes on, more businesses are starting to understand that their greatest threat doesn’t come from outside the organization, but within. There are many strongholds that can be put in place to prevent a data breach or loss without even considering what might lie outside the server walls.
Access Rights Management
One of the most effective fail safe options for protecting data and improving internal cybersecurity is to install access rights management software. Using an access rights manager is the best way to ensure that files can only be accessed by those whose jobs relate to what’s inside. This means that the marketing department can’t access financial statements or that an accounts payable clerk wouldn’t be able to enter, approve, and print a check for themselves. Access rights managers also show who is accessing various files over time.
In 2019, more businesses are starting to understand the importance of regularly backing up data. This is essential as 70% of small businesses go under within a year of a data loss. By having storage solutions and policies in place, businesses will be able to recover their data regardless of an internal error or a natural disaster, ensuring the continuity of the organization.
Business owners are starting to realize that presenting an employee with a long-winded policy about best practices and cybersecurity is ineffective. Instead, they’re starting to host training sessions and educate their employees about their rights and responsibilities in cybersecurity-related tasks. By being candid and stating that it’s ultimately the employees’ job security at stake, businesses will start to see a shift in employee buy-in related to cybersecurity and data protection.
In relation to employee education comes more C-suite awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. Where cybersecurity was once more of an abstract for the executive members of a business, widely-covered breaches and attacks of the past few years have brought it to the forefront of their minds.
More Focus on Cloud Security
As moving toward a cloud-based data center rather than a traditional server system is relatively new, there’s still a lot left unknown about what protocols need to be put in place. In 2019, it’s expected that there will be more cyber attacks against cloud systems and more research conducted to determine how to prevent these. Many companies are searching for a way how to use a more secure tool stack, such as Logging as a service, for example, is one of the leading examples – as in-house logging systems may lack reliability.
More Focus on the Internet of Things
To expand on the cloud security issues, 2019 could be the year that makes or breaks the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is the connection between various aspects of daily life, such as home assistants and smartphones.
The IoT is growing faster than security measures, creating an opportunity for hackers and the potential for disaster. It also adds another layer of complexity, as much of the IoT spans over both home and workplace environments. In 2019 there will be a lot of focus dedicated to predicting and preventing attacks through the IoT. Should a large-scale attack occur, it could severely damage the precarious level of trust consumers have with interconnected products.
Refining GDPR and Compliance
The official implementation of GDPR in 2018 had a lot of businesses scrambling to ensure that they were in compliance. With similar regulations being drafted in many countries, work will continue to ensure that businesses are optimized for the modern global economy.
Many businesses are faced with the challenge of changing internal policies and practices to ensure that they’re compliant. Customers have increased awareness about cybersecurity and want to know that the businesses they give their money and personal information to are doing their due diligence to keep it secure.
The next three to five years could see significant changes and challenges in cybersecurity trends, as many of the technological advancements are outpacing security procedures.
Cyber criminals are constantly working to turn these advancements against us for their own profit, which could pose larger security threats as AI and the IoT becomes more integrated into commercial transportation and manufacturing. Businesses must work to stay ahead of the curve and prioritize cybersecurity in 2019 and beyond.