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Top Ten Cybersecurity Predictions

As Data Breaches increase every day resulting in your secure information being jeopardized, numerous industries have compiled a list of foreseeable cybersecurity predictions during 2018 that include both preexisting breach tactics that will worsen or new ones that will arise

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Top Ten Cybersecurity Predictions

Top Ten Cybersecurity Predictions

As Data Breaches increase every day resulting in your secure information being jeopardized, numerous industries have compiled a list of foreseeable cybersecurity predictions during 2018 that include both preexisting breach tactics that will worsen or new ones that will arise.

Below are the Top Ten key Predictions:

  1. Ransomware
    Eric Klonowski, a senior advanced threat research analyst at Webroot, is predicting the first health-related ransomware-would target devices such as pacemakers; these attacks will be using your life as ransom rather than money or your information.  With the prediction of different variations of ransomware especially those affecting health-related aspects, it is critical to ensure protections are in place to an extent that risks are as mitigated as possible.
     
  2. Breaches will Become Worse
    Massive cloud data breaches are predicted to become more of a concern throughout 2018. As these attacks can cause more destruction to an entire company by attacking their overall systems; as opposed to simply blocking partial data; it’s crucial to ensure various measures are in place.          
     
  3. GDRP
    Since being implemented on May 25th, 2018, it is predicted that by the time the General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP) is enforced, only 10% of companies will meet the standards. In addition, numerous companies may even close as a result of having to pay significant fines for not meeting GDRP standards.
     
  4. Biometric Adoption
    It is predicted that the use of biometric protective measures (fingerprinting or facial recognition) to keep data secure will increase. Currently, only 28% of consumers use biometrics measures, but these measures will likely become the primary way to access information. While the security of biometric measures is not yet evident, when the time comes that biometric protective measures are the main way to access technology, you can ensure Lincoln Archives will make sure your information always stays protected.
     
  5. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
    While the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning face criticism, the use of AI and machines are continuing to grow in all industries. The software company, Splunk, claimed that spending will increase as employees try to make sense of the data being collected.
     
  6. More Mobile Threats
    The only thing more violating than not knowing where your personal device is, is having the information compromised. It is assumed that in 2018 the first malware infection will occur in the Android App Store and the first widespread worming mobile phone ransomware will occur via SMS/MMS.  Since all data is at the same risk, itis critical that information stored on mobile devices is protected to the same extent (if not higher) than information within the physical network.
     
  7. IoT Legislation
    A mass IoT breach will affect consumers and businesses, but depending on the type of attack, there will be little ability to remediate or mitigate the damage that will/could be done. Having proactive measures in place will ensure data is recoverable if the prediction comes true.
     
  8. Criminals Become more Sophisticated
    As artificial intelligence and machine learning grow in popularity amongst businesses, cybercriminals must advance in their hacking abilities and are doing just that. Although criminals are constantly training themselves to hack the latest technology, it is important to remember artificial intelligence and learned machinery is not invincible and the need to take precautions should be in place regardless of how “great” new technology is.
     
  9. Social Media Takeovers
    Social media has become an easy target for cybercriminals because of the plentiful amount of non-cybersecurity savvy individuals, as well as the fact it is easy and cost-effective.  Companies must understand that even social media accounts are at risk, regardless of how frivolous tweets and posts must seem. Being prepared for a breach, both big and small will help protect all information.
     
  10. Malware- File-less Attacks
    It is expected that hackers will implement malware into the firmware and memory of hardware and acquire more data due to the virus remaining in the memory of the PC until the system is rebooted. Normal anti-virus programs won’t detect these types of attacks and could eat away at your hard drive for months.  As cybercriminals develop more advanced techniques and strive to hack different devices of a company, it is important to acknowledge that different types of viruses can remain within a system for an indefinite amount of time.

Learn more about ways to protect your data and information via Cloud Back-up, Data Storage, Document Destruction, and Data Destruction through Lincoln Archives and the division of LACyber.

Lincoln Archives is the only family owned NAID AAA Certified organization in WNY and includes the division of LACyber providing comprehensive Data Breach Defense Services. Lincoln Archives is proud to be a part of Lincoln Family of Companies serving the Western New York Community since 1914.



by Daria Coleman

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