As the year begins, there are a few key areas that cyber security professionals should keep in mind.

After the excesses of the holiday period, you are more than likely looking at the blank slate of a new year with a sense of optimism and hope for times ahead.

Those in the infosec industry may view it more as a future filled with potential threats and attack vectors to worry about. With this in mind, here are a selection of cyber security trends that could be on the horizon as the year begins.

IoT will continue to cause problems

Of course, the internet of things (IoT) ostensibly brings a lot of convenience with it, but it will continue to be a major source of vulnerability for enterprises and consumers alike.

Guy Rosefelt, Product Management Director for threat intelligence and web security at NSFocus, said routers and cameras will remain popular targets, adding: “We have every reason to believe that attacks leveraging the IoT will become more diverse in the future.”

AI cyber attacks a real possibility

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already becoming intertwined with people’s day-to-day lives, so it is natural for cyber criminals to examine its potential.

CTO of Data Protection at Gemalto, Jason Hart, predicts an AI-augmented attack as a real threat. “Creating a new breed of AI-powered malware, hackers will infect an organisation’s system using the malware and sit undetected, gathering information about users’ behaviours and organisations’ systems.”

Taking aim at the cloud

As more and more businesses migrate to the cloud, Hart says that a new role of Cloud Migration Security Specialist will be a key part of large IT teams.

“As companies move across, there is an assumption that they’re automatically protected as they transition workloads to the cloud. The channel has a role to play in educating companies that this isn’t necessarily the case, and they’ll need help protecting themselves from threats.”