2018 was an interesting year for all things cyber.
It was the year that brought major breaches pretty much every week. Most recently, the Marriott Hotel group suffered a significant data breach, while Quora fell foul to cyber criminals.
Cyber security is still the issue on every business leaders mind.
This year, organisations have had to get their house in order with GDPR, amongst others, coming into force on 25th May. The stakes for protecting your organisation from cyber threats have never been higher.
So, what can we expect to see in 2019? Here are some things to consider.
Improvements in cyber security regulations
The dynamic and fast-moving nature of cyber security outpaces regulation which is far too slow and clumsy to be of any benefit and might actually hinder security.
Data theft turning into data manipulation
We can expect to see attackers changing their methodology from pure data theft and website hacking to attacking data integrity itself.
Demand will continue to rise for security skills
A global shortage of cyber security skills in the workplace arguably makes organisations more desirable targets for hacking. Demand for expertise will rise as companies realise that their current strategy is not sufficient.
Attackers will continue to target consumer devices
Ransomware is a recognised problem for companies of all shapes and sizes, epitomised by the large scale WannaCry attack that decimated the UK’s NHS and organisations around the world.
Attackers will get smarter
Attackers capability to write bespoke targeted code will continue to improve faster than the defenders ability to counter or get ahead of it.
Cyber risk insurance will become more common
This type of insurance will increasingly become part of operational risk strategy however, the insurance industry needs to tailor products specific to client needs.
New job titles appearing – CCO (Chief Cybercrime Officer)
In the aftermath of the TalkTalk data breach, MPs recommended appointing an officer with day-to-day responsibility for protecting computer systems from attack.