The Cyber and Cloud threat Landscape in 2020 and Beyond – Part 2
In the first part of our blog “The Cyber and Cloud Threat Landscape in 2020 and Beyond” we covered the first of our key trends and predictions. These included seeing an increase in automation in cyber security, the rise of artificial intelligence to help defend against cyber-attacks and the growth of 5G.
In this blog, we will cover some more of the trends and predictions that we think will come to the forefront in cyber and cloud in 2020 and beyond.
Mobiles/Devices will become tools to aid cyber-attacks
Even if organisations issue their employees with locked-down smartphones and devices, the use of mobiles and other devices will become more of an attack vector. Therefore, embracing best practice when it comes to security remains critical. Attacks are likely to be delivered using malware and selfie-style apps like FaceApp, and security for these apps needs to be paramount.
In addition, local and national government infrastructures will become more of a target. IT departments are forced to deliver more but often with less budget, and the advent of the “WannaCry” cyber-attack on the NHS showed just how woefully inadequate and antiquated their IT system infrastructure is, which much of it still running on Windows XP.
The CNI (Critical National Infrastructure) will see more in the way of cyber-attacks and phishing attacks will become more sophisticated
The Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) has always been under the threat of a cyber-attack, but in 2020 this threat is likely to increase ten-fold. It is entirely possible that a global ransomware attack could shut down the entire electrical grid in the UK. In 2020 a cyber-attack on the CNI in the UK is likely to be a matter of when, not if.
Phishing has already posed a serious threat to organisations of all sizes across the globe, and in 2020 that risk is likely to increase. Most people believe they would be able to successfully identify a phishing email, but cyber criminals are staying one step ahead and coming up with new ways for phishing emails or messages to evade being detected.
Privacy will become an even greater concern in 2020 and beyond
The implementation of GDPR and other global privacy regulations has shown that in 2020 there will be an even greater sense of urgency around how organisations manage their cyber risk. It can no longer be passed off to a company’s IT department and will be a pressing issue in the boardroom and for the C-suite to deal with.
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